CLIMATE, FIRE AND ENERGY EXPERTS SLAM NARRABRI GAS: PLANNING HEARING TODAY
FORMER FIRE CHIEFS, CLIMATE EXPERTS and energy analysts will today address the Independent Planning Commission hearing into the controversial Narrabri Gas Project, raising serious concerns about the project’s economic and climate impact.
The Narrabri Gas Project, a proposal by gas company Santos to drill 850 gas wells in the Pilliga State Forest in north west NSW, has met with fierce opposition.
Experts warn that it could have a catastrophic effect on Australia’s emissions, push gas prices up and damage valuable farmland and water resources, as well as creating conditions for catastrophic bushfires.
The planning hearing, the largest in NSW history, will today hear from some of the country’s top climate scientists, fire and gas experts, after several days of community submissions, the majority of which opposed the project.
The hearing will be livestreamed, with the following experts speaking:
10:24 Professor Stuart Khan, UNSW (water expert)
12:00 Penny Sackett Climate change institute (climate scientist)
1:35 Bruce Robertson IEEFA (gas and energy analyst)
1:51 Greg Mullins, Emergency Leaders for Climate Action (former NSW Fire Commissioner)
2:08 Professor Will Steffen, Climate Councillor (climate scientist)
4:41 Dr Madeleine Taylor, University of Sydney (climate scientist)
5:59 Malcolm Donaldson (water expert)
Interviews are available with expert talent - please contact Fiona Ivits on 0487 003 872. For more information on gas, see the Climate Media Centre Guide to Gas.
TALENT AVAILABLE (other interviews available on request)
Greg Mullins, former NSW Fire Commissioner and chair of Emergency Leaders for Climate Action, can talk about how the Narrabri Gas Project increases risk of catastrophic bushfires.
Professor Will Steffen, Climate Councillor, can talk about the climate impact of the Narrabri gas project, and how this project will blow Australia’s carbon budget.
Bruce Robertson, gas analyst, Institute of Energy, Economics and Financial Analysis, can talk about the risk of the Narrabri Gas Project becoming a stranded asset, the lack of genuine economic benefit the project will provide for North West NSW and the current state of the global oil and gas market, which has seen Santos take $1.1bn in writedowns this week.
Professor Stuart Khan, UNSW, can talk about Santos’ failure to properly account for how it will dispose of toxic salt waste from the CSG operations, which have enormous potential to contaminate farmland and water resources.