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), […]

A crash course in CSG’s courtship of farmers: @Thom_Mitchell reports from #Pilliga #leardblockade

“IF the people of Narrabri think they’re going on a date with the handsome new stranger in town, they’re going to go home and find they’ve been raped,” president of People for the Plains, Hugh Barrett, said as we strained to hear. Hugh was giving an interview to ABC radio Tamworth. He was referring to the courtship of Narrabri and surrounds by Coal Seam Gas company (CSG), Santos. People for the Plains is a group fighting to block the development of CSG on the Liverpool Plains. Hugh was speaking on behalf of twenty-five people who’d spent three days touring South East Queensland, talking to people living in and around CSG fields […]