Hundreds gather in Pilliga forest to protest coal seam gas

HUNDREDS of people will gather in the Pilliga forest this weekend to protest the proposed Narrabri coal seam gas project.

The protest comes as Santos announces the development is set to become one of the company’s core assets. The action was already planned to go ahead, but activist say the latest news has set the stage for a major showdown next year.

Local farmer Sally Hunter said there continued to be widespread opposition to the Narrabri Gas Project.

“Santos can change their accounting terms around all they like but the fact remains that this project is directly against the will of the people,” Ms Hunter said.

“We don’t want our farmland, water resources and health put at risk.

“In May this year, 23,000 responded to Santos’ Environmental Impact Statement and out of those submissions only 1.3 per cent actually supported the project. These are concrete figures but I doubt they are making it through to the shareholders and investors in today’s meeting.

 “The EIS left gaping holes about the toxic waste salts and the interconnectivity of the underground water systems. The project cannot progress when there are not answers to these critical questions.”

This weekend’s protest iwill culminate in hundreds of people forming a ‘No CSG’ human sign on Sunday at 9am.

Santos was approached for a comment.