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July 2017

The People vs Santos and CSG

Dear ,

For years now, the ill-considered plan to drill hundreds of coal seam gas wells in the heart of the Pilliga forest in North West New South Wales has lurched from crisis to crisis.

Santos’ ‘Narrabri project’ has been dogged by environmental bungles as well as cost and timeline blow outs. Respected analysts have downgraded the project as worth next to nothing, despite the Adelaide-based company paying almost a billion dollars for it in 2011.

Irrepressible and passionate opposition from the local community—including Traditional Owners, supported by The Wilderness Society and the Lock the Gate Alliance—has pushed the project to breaking point.

It is the last CSG project proposed in New South Wales. And it needs to be stopped, once and for all.

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Santos is now seeking final environmental approvals for this zombie project that the community doesn’t want or need.

Next week, the CEO of Santos will be speaking at a business forum in Sydney on the role of gas in Australia’s energy future. This is part of Santos’ public relations strategy to pressure the NSW Government to approve the project.

We are asking for your help to ensure two of Santos’ most articulate opponents—local farmer Anne Kennedy and Raymond Weatherill, a Gamillaraay man—have the opportunity to tell Santos that CSG is not welcome in their home. Anne and Raymond want to call on the company to abandon the project once and for all, and leave their local community and the Pilliga forest in peace.

Please chip in today to help Anne and Raymond have their voices heard.

Yours for nature,

Lyndon Schneiders
National Director, The Wilderness Society

P.S. North West locals need your help. Can you help them tell Santos that CSG is not welcome here?


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Help Anne and Raymond have their voices heard

The CEO of Santos—the company responsible for the last major coal seam gas project in NSW—is speaking at a business forum about ‘the role of gas in Australia’s energy future’. Next to him will be the CEO of the company contracted to build a 450km gas pipeline from the Pilliga forest.

We need to show them that the Australian public says no to CSG. Can you help us send two Pilliga locals to the forum, to tell Santos and the NSW Government that CSG is not welcome here?

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