Conditions of approval for the Narrabri Gas Project state that construction activities for production wells and related infrastructure cannot commence until a pipeline is approved, and Santos can’t start gas production until a pipeline is commissioned.
Two pipelines have been proposed to transport gas out of North West NSW. APA’s Western Slopes Pipeline and the Queensland Hunter Gas Pipeline are strongly opposed by landholders. Both pipeline routes have not been fully surveyed. Local opposition is continuing to make this very difficult.
Farmers object because pipelines divide properties and limit farming activities. Some soils, once disturbed, subside or becomes boggy during rain where the pipelines are laid – a danger for both stock and machinery. If a pipeline is laid gas extraction will expand along the route of the pipeline through prime agricultural land.