Ecologist Dave Paull on criticisms of his #NSWpol resignation: @Thom_Mitchell reports #protectgloucester

Dave Paull: The Community Deserves Answers. Just before Christmas Dave Paull, the Biodiversity Officer at the Newcastle branch of the Office of Environment and Heritage, resigned in disgust from his position. He was asked to write a resignation letter, something he initially refused to do, because he disagreed with the way he’d been treated before and during his resignation. Mr Paull – an ecologist of more than 25 years experience – decided after reflecting over the Christmas break, to write the resignation letter, and to share it with the NSW public. A broken system, he said in the letter, was putting the expert, fact based, work of scientists behind the […]

Santos on water transparency countdown: @Thom_Mitchell reports on #Pilliga

Coal seam gas (CSG) company Santos has until October 31, 2014, to disclose water and soil test results after legal action by farmers seeking information relating to the contamination of water bores on a property in the Pilliga Forest, near Narrabri, resulted in a NSW Land and Environment Court order. The court order is a win for the Mullaley Gas and Pipeline Accord (MGPA), comprising local farmers concerned about whether CSG activity led to the contamination of the water bores. In 2012, Pilliga farmer Tony Pickard was alerted by Santos that his bore, located around 1.5 kilometres from exploratory CSG wells, was unfit for drinking or domestic use. The Environmental Defenders Office (EDO), […]