Submission to The Independent Planning Commission on the Proposed Narrabri Gas Project

Experts find serious inadequacies and flawed evidence in government assessment of proposed coal seam gas project in Narrabri.

A group of leading experts and researchers convened by the Sydney Environment Institute have found serious inadequacies within the NSW Government Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) Assessment Report recommending approval of the proposed Santos Narrabri Gas Project.

The Independent Planning Commission has been asked to make a determination regarding the NGP, with a final hearing commencing this week, to determine whether the NGP is in the public interest.

This submission finds that the DPIE’s recommendation for approving the NGP is based on a systematic failure by the DPIE to provide robust evidence in effectively evaluating Santos’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The DPIE Assessment Report provides flawed evidence that the public will be guaranteed net community benefits, which constitute serious inadequacies in the planning and assessment process.

This project is led by Michelle St Anne, Deputy Director and Operations Manager – Programming, Impact and Engagement at the Sydney Environment Institute.

This report is co-authored by Greg Bourne, Matthew Currell, Tanya Fiedler, Rebecca Lawrence, Susan Park, Nathaniel Pelle, Madeline Taylor, Gemma Viney and Alison Ziller.

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