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Santos gets early approval for CSG treatment plant without detailed plans.

Santos gets early approval for CSG treatment plant without detailed plans.

Peter Hannam ENVIRONMENT EDITOR, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

The Baird government has been accused of making a "reckless" decision to give conditional approval for a coal seam gas desalination plant one of its own agencies said could pose a "significant environment risk".

Santos has won approval for its Leewood Produced Water and Beneficial Reuse Project for its proposed CSG field at Narrabri even though the company is yet to submit detailed water treatment and irrigation plans, nor been given a deadline to submit them.

The NSW government shouldn't be rushing decisions on a project that some analysts think Santos has shelved. 

Naomi Hodgson, Wilderness Society Newcastle campaign manager.

The nod was given by the Division of Resources and Energy (DRE) with the proviso Santos detail within six months how it will manage as much as 500,000 litres of brine a day.



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Tuesday, 25 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Farmers prepare their fight to say no

Farmers prepare their fight to say no

RUTH CASKEY - The Land Newspaper

LIVERPOOL Plains, Narrabri, Bylong Valley farmers will take the next step in their fight to say no to coal and coal seam gas mining at a senate hearing in Tamworth.

The meeting, to be held at Wests Diggers on Tuesday, is a hearing into a bill introduced by Greens Senator Larissa Waters' to give landholders the right to say no to coal and unconventional gas and to ban fracking.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Santos in sale mode as pressure builds to cut debt

Santos in sale mode as pressure builds to cut debt

by Angela Macdonald-Smith - Financial Review

Santos's initiation of a no-holds-barred strategic review has stoked speculation over which assets may be sold or whether the whole company may be targeted in a takeover.

Chairman Peter Coates made clear on Friday he would "turn over every stone" in seeking to restore shareholder value at the indebted oil and gas player, meaning that even the most-prized assets will be considered for sale.

Given the size of Santos's debt mountain, at $8.8 billion, a chunky divestment is expected to be required to make a material difference, especially as the company would be selling in the trough of the cycle from a weakened negotiating position.

Citigroup's Dale Koenders said Santos would need to sell $2 billion to $3 billion of assets – or raise that amount in new equity – to bring gearing down to a more comfortable 30-35 per cent by 2017 or the company could cease all growth.



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Tuesday, 25 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Boggabri Pet Show

Boggabri Pet Show

Boggabri Sacred Heart Primary School recently held a fun-filled pet show with over 30 children and their pets attending. Birds, goats, puppies and bunnies were just some of the animals entered in the show on Sunday, which attracted families from Gunnedah, Maules Creek, Willala, Emerald Hill and Boggabri.

Click the heading to see all the lovely pets.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Welcome district rain, but some suffer hail, storm damage

Welcome district rain, but some suffer hail, storm damage

Heavy and widespread district rainfall has been welcomed, coming at the right time for crops.

Heavy and widespread district rainfall has been welcomed, coming at the right time for crops.

While the rain was more than welcome, some properties experienced damaging winds and hail during the storms on Sunday night.

A band of hailstorm activity was reported across parts of the Pilliga, Turrawan, Harparary and Maules Creek area causing damage to properties. Several property owners reported damge to homes, fences and crops.

The rain event, which delivered up to 60 millimetres to areas around Narrabri, could be worth millions of dollars to the local community as it brings farmers one step closer to strong winter crops and a busy harvest period.

According to Narrabri Shire Weathernet, Harparary recorded 66 millimetres, the Wheat Research Centre received 40 millimetres and Tookey Creek 66 millimetres.

Further west, 34 millimetres fell at Merah North and 31 at Wee Waa.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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