Over 200 people, potentially directly impacted by the proposed Queensland Hunter Gas pipeline, signed a petition which was delivered to Minister Kean’s office in Hornsby on Thursday. Several Sydney Knitting Nannas were there to support those who travelled from the Hunter and the North West.
The petition reads: To the Honourable Matt Kean, Treasurer and Minister for Energy, MP
The petition of landholders in New South Wales potentially directly impacted by the Queensland Hunter Gas Pipeline state that the pipeline would cause significant environmental impacts, jeopardise and disrupt high-value farmland and would become a stranded asset as the energy sector transforms. Your petitioners request that you do not approve an Authority to Survey or a Pipeline Licence for the Queensland Hunter Gas Pipeline which is opposed by the vast majority of landholders along its route.
The Nannas made a video about locking the gate on Santos.
Santos acquired the Queensland Hunter Gas Pipeline to transport gas from Narrabri to the east coast gas network. The 200m wide pipeline corridor goes through flood plains, productive farming land, horse studs and small lifestyle blocks. Business management practices will be disrupted along the pipeline route. Families living along the route will suffer from loss of privacy and amenity. If this pipeline goes ahead, coal seam gas extraction will spread to some of Australia’s rare prime agricultural land on the Liverpool Plains, and have long lasting impacts on groundwater systems.
This week APA announced it would not go ahead with the Western Slopes Pipeline, which was Santos’ preferred pipeline. However, the communities along the route came together and refused to engage with Santos contractors and the same is happening along the route of the Queensland Hunter Gas Pipeline.