Brigid Beckett, Wyrallah
I wish to alert readers to the proposed gas project by Santos at Narrabri.
This is possibly going under the radar during this time of COVID-19. However, it is a vitally important issue in determining Australia’s response to climate change. Also at issue is the high risk to the water of the Great Artesian Basin.
There are a lot of myths and misinformation being put about.
One is that gas is better for reduction of greenhouse gases than coal. In fact it is as bad, or worse, than coal in this regard. The fugitive emissions produced (by the wells) if planned gas projects go ahead will make Australia’s Paris targets impossible.
Another myth is that more gas will decrease domestic gas prices. Despite a tripling of gas production since 2015, gas prices have not decreased, it is not Santos’ intention to decrease prices. Australia is now the biggest gas exporter in the world. This does not help domestic supply.
If you are concerned about this, the last chance to make a submission to the Independent Planning Commission is now 10 August. We can still make a difference.