The Independent Planning Commission (IPC) has given conditional approval of the Narrabri Gas Project in the Pilliga forest. This was a savage blow to the many community groups who had worked long and hard to stop Santos’ 850 gas well development.
A mass of evidence was provided to the IPC by 11,000 people through spoken and written submissions. Expert submissions came from many perspectives: Gomeroi Traditional Owners, farmers, scientists from many disciplines, economists and environmentalists.
They provided evidence of the serious risks to water resources as well as certain damage to the Pilliga, Gomeroi heritage, agricultural land, biodiversity and the health and wellbeing of surrounding communities.