Stop the Pilliga Coal Seam Gas project
  • Petitioned Santos

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David Knox CEO Santos
Robyn Parker

Stop the Pilliga Coal Seam Gas project

    1. Selena Johnson
    2. Petition by

      Selena Johnson

      Parkville, Australia

Some of Australia’s leading ecologists have predicted that there will be local extinctions of rare and threatened species if the Pilliga Coal Seam Gas project goes ahead.

The Eastern Pygmy possum, Pilliga mouse and the South-eastern Longeared bat are all at risk from the construction of a gas field in the Pilliga Forest.

The South-eastern Longeared bat has already lost 75% of its habitat and now it’s remaining roosting sites are likely to be cleared and fragmented by the gas wells.

Eastern Star Gas, a gas company now owned by Santos, plan to drill 1100 coal seam gas wells in the Pilliga forest which will result in the clearing of thousands of hectares of forest and the fragmentation of at least 85,000 hectares (ha). However, it is likely that these wells are just the beginning as over 500,000 ha are covered by exploration licences for coal seam gas, posing a serious threat to the future of the region.

A team of ecologists, biologists and volunteers recently conducted a survey of the threatened and vulnerable species that live in the area where Eastern Star Gas has plans for the gas field.

The survey team searched for frogs, reptiles, quolls, possums and the native Pilliga mouse, which is only found in the Pilliga Forest. The Pilliga mouse lives amongst the wildflowers that are out in bloom at this time of the year. Already areas of Pilliga mouse habitat have been cleared for exploration, and further areas of habitat are set to become heavily degraded and fragmented with well pads, evaporation ponds, gas pipelines and roads.

The survey identified 20 threatened or migratory species including the rare Turquoise Parrot, Glossy Black Cockatoo and the internationally protected Rainbow Bee-eater.

The results of the survey, which was commissioned by the Northern Inland Council for the Environment, shows that the Pilliga Forest is a crucial habitat for national and internationally protected species. It provides clear evidence that if the gas field goes ahead it will be an ecological disaster.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Fiona Harris WALGETT, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      It seems so incredibly obvious that we should be looking at renewable energy and conservation of what natural resources we have left, and not destroying our earth at a rate of knots! I don't understand why we still have to protest about things that seem so bleeding obvious! We will wake up (if we're lucky) in 20 years and find we have nothing left and no way of sustaining our existence on this planet.

      • over 2 years ago

      Where is the sanity in this for Australians? These companies are ruthless rapers of our environment, health, food and water security and way of life. Get out!

    • Julia Imrie MUDGEE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Pilliga forest is a critical habitat and part of a east west wildlife corridor (essential climate change refuge) for a range of endangered native plants and animals. CSG mining involves extensive road network and continual noise impacts - not to mention on groundwater !impacts. Totally inappropriate landuse.

    • susan stacpoole INNOT HOT SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      There are many alternatives to using coal for power we could use hydro accept for some resaon its all about profit and not jobs or keeping our wonderful natural PROTECTED areas for our coming generations and its back to front protect our natural wonders flora and fauna before its wrecked by mining for archaic and damaging needs

    • Wolter Bron SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      nothing is worth threatening Biodiversity


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