Sarah is a fifth generation farmer in Narrabri

Sarah is a fifth generation farmer in Narrabri


My name is Sarah Ciesiolka and I’m a 5th generation farmer from Narrabri in the state’s Northwest and our farms located just six kilometers downstream from Santos is proposed Stage 1 Narrabri gas project. Both my husband and I are fifth-generation farmers, my husband’s family has farmed in this district since the 1970s and on our farm, each year, we produce about fifty million potatoes about a million kilos of peanuts and enough wheat and other grains for about three and a half million loaves of bread. We employ about 20 permanent and seasonal staff on our farm and we rely completely on our underground water to to run our business. Essentially Santos has lodged their environmental impact statement where they propose to drill 850 coal seam gas wells directly through the vital southern recharge of the Great Artesian basin and across our productive farmland, as well as risking the groundwater resources through contamination and depletion, the project also will produce vast quantities of waste including up to half a million tons of salt over the life of the project. Santos are proposing flares up to 80 metres high, holding ponds, a vast network of infrastructure, compressor stations, roadways. So to date Santos has already had in excess of 20 spills. So for a landholder such as me so close to the project area, unable to access insurance we’re very concerned about the potential ramifications of such spills and I’m really concerned that that this project if approved represents the start of a massive expansion of the gas industry across our region. So this project is essentially the tip of the iceberg Santos’s acreage in northwest New South Wales is almost equivalent to the size of Tasmania. From here Santos has mapped seven gas fields in northwest New South Wales with associated pipeline infrastructure through the Coonamble and the Warren shires down to meet the Sydney to Moomba pipeline where this gas will no doubt be shipped up to Gladstone for export. This Easter please gather with your friends and your family and fill out a submission and post it back to the address on the bottom of the form please join with me to prioritize clean air, clean water and land to grow clean healthy food. Together we can make a difference!

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