A camp has been established in the Pilliga State Forest as part of measures by locals and environmentalists to protect the area in north west NSW from coal seam gas development.
The camp at Ten Mile Dam, in the Pilliga near Narrabri, is coordinated by local farmers, residents and Gomeroi people. Organisers say, “Camp activities will include Kamilaroi language classes, learning about the unique plant and animals of the Pilliga, soils of the Liverpool Plains, and protecting the forest and Great Artesian Basin.”
Last month Santos moved drill rigs into the forest after receiving federal government approval for its coal seam gas exploration program. Santos’ coal seam gas exploration program will involve the drilling of 15 new wells and the recommencement of existing pilot wells.
The state government’s Forestry Corporation closed sections of the Pilliga State Forest, denying public access and granting Santos exclusive use of the area to carry out work on its coal seam gas project.