Submission to the Independent Planning Commission: Santos’ Narrabri gas project risks farms, water, climate, and community.


21 August 2020


The destructive Narrabri fossil gas drilling proposal by Santos is one of the most controversial fossil fuel projects in Australia. Greenpeace contributed to the following submission to the Independent Planning Commission written by a group of experts convened by our friends at the Sydney Environment Institute.

© Les Stone / Greenpeace

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 FiedlerRebecca LawrenceSusan ParkNathaniel PelleMadeline TaylorGemma Viney and Alison Ziller.