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'Not seen anything like it': Pleas for extension to examine huge Santos CSG plan

Environmental groups want more time to consider the impacts of Santos’ proposed $3 billion Narrabri coal seam gas project that includes as many as 850 wells, and would produce more than 100 tonnes of salt alone per day at its peak.The 7000-page environmental impact statement for the project in north-west NSW was finally revealed on Tuesday, with the state government placing it on exhibition until April 24, “given the high level of public interest”.

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But Sue Higginson, principal solicitor of the NSW Environmental Defenders Office, said Santos had years to develop the “enormous” statement and the public needed at least 90 days to be able to test its many technical claims.”We haven’t seen anything of this scale in this state,” Ms Higginson said. “This will have long, long, long-term impacts.”
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The planning department said the extension request was being considered. As part of the broader project assessment, the department will set up “a panel of eminent scientific experts” and will conduct “in-depth analysis of all issues raised from the public consultation”, with no deadline set, a spokeswoman said.The energy giant, which last week announced it lost more than a billion dollars in 2016 and has also flagged a possible exit from CSG in NSW, said the project could supply as much as half of NSW gas needs. It would also generate about 1300 jobs during construction and 200 during its operational life.
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Santos said the 850 wells would be progressively drilled over 20 years, with the highest rate during the first three to four years of the project. The venture will spread over 950 square kilometres in and around the Pilliga state forest, and tap into coal seams mostly 500 to 1200 metres underground.”There is between 250 and 400 metres of relatively impervious rock that isolates the target coal seams from the shallower aquifers used by agriculture and the community,” the company said, adding the region’s “favourable geology” also means gas can be extracted without hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. …

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