Apex Energy’s coal seam gas (CSG) project in the Illawarra is of particular concern as it is in a Sydney drinking water catchment area. Apex currently has approval for 15 exploration bore holes and has recently applied for an additional borehole which could potentially involve fraccing.
The Otford, Helensborough and Stanwell Park community group is vigorously opposing the Apex CSG project. Read more and send a letter to the Premier and relevant Ministers and Shadow Ministers on their website here.
The application for this additional borehole is currently on exhibition and submissions can be made directly to the Department of Planning. We need as many official submissions opposing the project as possible to make clear to the Minister that our water resources are too important to risk with dangerous CSG mining.
*UPDATE* The official submission period has now finished, but you can still contact the department for details on how to make a late submission.
Some points you may want to include in your submission:
- The AI19 borehole is in an important Sydney water catchment area and located in pristine bushland.
- Extensive bushland clearing will be necessary around the well site
- Exploration approval will lead to applications for full scale extraction which should never be allowed in the area
- Coal seam gas extraction and exploration are dangerous. There are proven and serious risks including contamination of groundwater and water supplies as well as the leaching of methane causing carbon emissions and human health impacts.
- The area is home to threatened species and forms part of an essential remaining wildlife corridor linking the National Parks to the Illawarra Escarpment and Dharawal State Conservation Area.
- There is potential for the highly dangerous fraccing procedure to be used.
The modification exhibition ends on 23rd February 2011, although submissions are likely to be accepted for a while after that date.