|Putty wombats have their say|
Monday, 11 July 2011
Test well 530m from National Park
Test well to be drilled in mid September 530m from
, secrecy around documents, question for the Premier, National Water Commission statement, Claytons moratorium Wollemi National Park
It has been a busy week of phone calls, research and discovery. I spoke to Dart Energy’s geologist, Jason Needham who told me that Putty Option B is where they plan to drill a test well in mid September. This well is estimated to be 530m from the
. Wollemi National Park
I asked the NSW Government Trade & Investment to send me a copy of the approval document but was told that it was not available unless I applied through GIPA (Government Information Public Access which takes up to three weeks) or I could go to Maitland to view it but I was not allowed to copy it. Fortunately I found an easier source for the approval document but I will have to wait for the GIPA process for other documents.
I need these documents to help write a submission to the government. The Premier has been notified by letter that a submission will be forthcoming and he has been asked the following question -
What is the scientific evidence that coal seam gas mining will not affect the water table, aquifers and
in NSW? Please forward me the documentary evidence upon which the current Government mining and extraction approvals are based. Great Artesian Basin
National Water Commissions position statement on CSG (December 2010). The Potential risks to sustainable water management noted at http://www.nwc.gov.au/www/html/2959-coal-seam-gas.asp?intSiteID=1 would be enough to stop any responsible person from pursuing coal seam gas extraction.
Claytons Moratorium - On Friday farmers in the Bellata area, near Moree in north-west NSW, received a letter in the mail from coal seam gas companies Leichardt Resources and Planet Gas, formally serving notice that they would be seeking an access agreement to drill for coal seam gas on their land. http://www.lockthegate.org.au/