#CSG is risky business for aquifers: @NaomiTWS proves even the ‘good guys’ know it

By Naomi Hogan @NaomiTWS 19th March 2014  Introduction, by Margo Kingston: The NSW Government and Santos did not want the people to know that Coal Seam Gas (#CSG) exploration in the Pilliga State Forest had polluted an aquifer, because that would blow their cover that fracking could not harm the Great Artesian Basin. We know this terrible truth because Naomi Hogan, the Wilderness Society’s full time #Pilliga campaigner, worked long and hard to uncover the truth, and because Australia still has some mainstream media which wants to report the truth in the public interest, in this case the Sydney Morning Herald and the ABC. Naomi tells a fascinating journalistic detective story I reckon you’ll […]

Your brief on the Santos #CSG #Pilliga saga, by @Wilderness_Aus

Introduction by Margo Kingston These are the latest media briefing notes of the Wilderness Society on the long-running fight to stop Santos fracking the #Pilliga State Forest on the Liverpool Plains in NSW for #CSG. I thought No Fibs readers might find the briefing useful as the story is now politically explosive and will get even more complicated. No Fibs citizen journalist Iris Ray Nunn is No Fibs’ #Pilliga reporter. Her latest report is ‘Repair and hope for the Pilliga Forest’.  Uranium poisoning Gas fracking giant Santos has been found guilty of poisoning an aquifer in the Pilliga Forest in north-west NSW with radioactive uranium 20 times safe levels as well as toxic heavy metals. This […]

Repair and hope for the #Pilliga Forest, by long-time campaigner Iris Ray Nunn

  By Iris Ray Nunn 18th March 2014 Margo: Iris covered the battle to save the Pilliga State Forest from Santos CSG for the No Fibs CSG Citizen Journalism project late last year. It seemed hopeless, then… I know big business has not pulled their CSG operations out of the Pilliga, Yet, but, also, as well – I have to share how encouraged and inspired I feel right now at how far this campaign has come in such a short time. It seems like only yesterday that I was in Narrabri reading the front page of The Courier heralding ‘Big rig arrives to begin work’ in the Pilliga, and felt sick […]

The ‘climate chaos’ challenge and the courage of candidates’ convictions in #GriffithVotes: @GriffithElects reports

 [clear] According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Australia had its hottest year ever in 2013 and we have now experienced heatwaves and destructive fires in the first month of 2014. Twitter went viral this week with reports that Prince Charles has said of climate change sceptic that they are like “headless chickens” (of course, we would say chooks in Australia). Well I’m right with Prince Charles when he says, “It is baffling, I must say, that in our modern world we have such blind trust in science and technology that we all accept what science tells us about everything – until, that is, it comes to climate science”. All of […]

Green turns brown, grey and fluoro in Election13

By Susie Russell September 1, 2013 The image of Nero fiddling while Rome burned comes to mind. Seven days out from the Federal election and so little discussion of what is at stake. The environment looks like being burned at the stake as part of Tony Abbott’s witch-hunt. ‘The greatest moral issue of our time’, climate change, is now a petty squabble over how much to pay the big polluters to keep polluting while Tony gathers his ‘green army’ to plant seedlings in a landscape parched by drought while the big trees that hold the key to ‘drought-proofing’ the water supplies of the coastal cities are targeted for more chopping. […]

The crocodile is rising: Iris Ray Nunn reports from the Pilliga

  By Iris Ray Nunn An historical event in the East Pilliga forest on the weekend saw farmers, environmentalists and overseas visitors come together with local Gomeroi Elders and their descendants to learn about the sacred significance of the Leard and Pilliga (Billiga) forests, and why it is of vital importance to protect these sites from further destruction caused by coal and coal seam gas mining. Elders united on Saturday to take a stand about coal seam gas mining in the Pilliga (Billiga), and to plant powerful seeds in the minds of the people present about how, when they deliberately focus on respecting and understanding Gomeroi culture – story – […]