Protest in Singleton, 6 March,2007 - history repeats itself !
WE SUPPORT ALL RESPONSIBLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT
We say NO to
gas wells in Broke and Bulga
Thursday 7 June, 2007
Friday, 28-December-2007. The December, 2007 issue of the Gas Exploration News for the Broke and Bulga Communities was recently distributed throughout the Valley. SGL provides here an up-beat report on the Community Consultative Committee (CCC) meeting that took place on November 26 at Broke Community Hall and a nice photograph of the participants. There is also a short report on drilling two new exploratory core holes, on the SGL Annual General Meeting and, of course, the ever-popular Spot The Well competition. The document in the PDF format can be downloaded here
Wednesday 12-December-2007. Geology and Hydrology of the Wollombi Brook valley. A detailed reports by consultants Parsons Brinckerhoff related to the approval of SGL Core Bores 5 and 6 has been published on the DPI website. This is a "must read" for anyone interested to understand the science and technology behind the coal bed methane gas exploration. The information is contained in the following three .pdf files.
Thursday 8-November-2007. Sydney Gas in merger/takeover talks again Quote: "Sydney Gas Ltd is conducting a strategic review after it was approached by a number of groups seeking a merger. The junior gas producer said it had received "preliminary proposals from different parties to accelerate the exploration and development of its coal seam gas resources and/or to merge with another group ..." (link to the article in The Age )
Quotes: "Australian coal seam gas explorer Blue Energy Limited (BUL) has held informal talks with Sydney Gas Limited (SGL) about a number of potential proposals." ... According to Sydney Gas, Babcock & Brown Limited (BNB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers Securities have both been appointed to assist with the strategic review following the approaches ..." (link to LiveNews report)
Wednesday, 31-October-2007. GasWatch 28: Community Consultative Committee - First meeting. The Committee had its inaugural meeting on 31st October. The meeting was chaired by the Government appointee, Pam Alan, former NSW Environment Minister whose details can be found here. Our community representatives were Bob Kennedy, Barry Smith, Hu Upward and Graeme Gibson. Sydney Gas was represented by John Saunders... (read all about it in GasWatch 28).
Monday, 29-October-2007. GasWatch 27: SYDNEY GAS INFORMATION SHEET OCTOBER 2007. This information Sheet aims to mislead all readers into thinking that there has been community consultation, and further to say that drilling through water tables and aquifers, risking the water so that fossil fuels can be located and burnt, is for the good of the local communities of Broke and Bulga. Compare the Information Sheet and GasWatch 27.
Tuesday 16-October-2007. The exploration work at the Core Bore 3 site at Inlet Road, Bulga now completed. SGL contractors arrived today and removed the fence around the drilling pad associated with the Core Bore 3. The site was cultivated and presumably re-vegetated. The access road remains at the request of the landholder.
Thursday 11-October-2007. Article in Hunter Valley News. Discusses lack of consultation between the Sydney Gas Limited and the local community (read more)
8-October-2007. MEDIA RELEASE. Sydney Gas to drill through
water tables closer to the Singleton township
Sydney Gas has broken its agreement
with the community with the successful approval of a plan to drill a
coal seam methane gas core hole closer to the Singleton township in the
Saturday 29-September-2007. GasWatch 26: SYDNEY GAS DOES IT AGAIN ! ANOTHER CORE HOLE APPROVAL WITHOUT THE COMMUNITY KNOWING A THING ABOUT IT. Sydney Gas/AGL has obtained approval for another core hole. This one appears to be near the Mushroom Composters off the Broke Road in an area that Sydney Gas claims is Mt. Thorley. Sydney Gas obtained this approval on 12th September, 2007. (read GasWatch 26). A copy of a letter to Dr. John Saunders, Executive Chairman, of Sydney Gas Ltd. is (here). We are protesting against yet another breach of the requirements for community consultation.
Monday 17-September-2007. NEW CEO MR. BOB NEIL RESIGNED from his job. Dr John Sanders will resume his role as Executive Chairman and Mr. John Moore with Mr. Anthony Sennitt will become the Executive Directors (read more)
Monday 3-September-2007. SGL reported to ASX : Appointment of new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Bob Neil was appointed as the CEO of the Sydney Gas Limited today... (read more)
Mr. Neil's annual base salary was set at $A350,000 plus superannuation and other benefits ... (see details)
Friday 29-August-2007. HUNTER ENVIRONMENT LOBBY FORUM is meeting at Singleton Senior Citizens Centre, Bathurst St, Singleton at 10:30am to 3:30pm, on Sunday 2 September,2007
The topic is:
'Re- Energise The Hunter or Business as Usual?'
Climate change is the biggest global problem we face, Hunter coal mines are pushing up Australia's share in that, how can we stop and be positive world leaders? This Forum shows us how to reduce emissions, save the environment, preserve our community and produce more employment at the same time. ( Read more ...).
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If you wanted to nominate and would like some assistance with your nomination, feel free to contact Barry Smith on 65791177 or Graeme Gibson on 65791062 or Bob Kennedy on 65791360. (see copy of the original advertisement).
Wednesday 8-August-2007. Sydney Gas prepares for gas exploration at Merriwa. An article in the Hunter Valley News revealed that SGL plans to expand their gas exploration to Merriwa. At the breakfast meeting with the Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce Mr. Black, SGL project manager for the Hunter, described the CBM technology in glowing colours, all nice and green. He forgot to mention the well know downsides of the coal gas production: i.e. each bore requires an access road and pipeline, salty waste water is produced, there is a danger to water tables, a nasty legal position of landowners under petroleum production license, a possible drop in property values etc. Hunter Valley News also forgot to mention that SGL already run into organized local opposition at Dooralong and in the Bulga/Broke area. ( read more).
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Wednesday 30-May-2007 09:17. SGL Core Bore 3 - A portable office ad a toilet just arrived ...
IT IS ON !!!!!!
Wednesday 23-May-2007. Core Hole 3 - SGL Announces Commencement. A hand-delivered, un-addressed letters in SGL company envelopes from Mr. Scott Black, Sydney Gas LTD, appeared in some mailboxes in Bulga on Tuesday 22 May, 2007. The letter announced that the drilling ring operations will commence on Wednesday, 30 May, 2007. A copy of the original letter in PDF format can be downloaded here. (See the text of the letter).
Monday 21-May-2007. Excavations at Core Hole 3, Inlet Road, Bulga Started. Contractors arrived this morning shortly after 8AM and started to excavate holes at the Core Hole 3 at Inlet Road site. The work completed before 4 PM and resulted in three holes approximately 4m x 3m and over 2m deep. These are, presumably pits for the drilling mud. They will probably line the pits with some plastic foil. The sub-soil at this location is a very coarse sand. Core Hole 3 is located in the alluvial plane of the Hayes Creek. Thus any hole in the plastic could result in contamination of the surface aquifer. This would be particularly dangerous if SGL attempts to use these pits for a temporary storage of toxic saline waters from the bore. Pictures of the operation follow. (see pictures here).
Presentation at the Singleton Chamber of Commerce. Bob
Kennedy presented an important discussion
paper at the May Meeting of the Singleton Chamber of Commerce. The
paper provides an excellent argument why we oppose extraction of the
coal methane in the alluvials of the Wollombi Brook that is currently
pushed by Sydney Gas (Read the full text ).
Managing Director Retired.
Tuesday 22-April-2007. Concerns of Ms. Kourouche. After a long wait, a genuine charm offensive has been unleashed on the banks of the Cockfighter (Read more).
Tuesday 22-April-2007. Burning methane gas at the mines. Some interesting pictures showing the heavy equipment needed for coal gas extraction and flaring came our way... (Read more).
Tuesday 10-April-2007. Pad for Core Bore 3 in Inlet Road Now Completed. The pad for Core Bore 3 is ready - the drill rig cannot be too far away! All preparatory work on Jessop property is now finished. (Read more).
Monday 9-April-2007. Broke - Lidell Pipeline:
... the proposal, which has now been approved for the construction of a pipeline from a mine 1 km north of Broke to Liddell Power Station to take waste coal seam gas to Liddell ... (Read more).
HUNTER VALLEY CORE BORE 3.
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Wednesday 21-April-2007. Sydney Gas Contract in Plain English. A copy of an unsigned Access Agreement was recently obtained by HVPA from a local resident who received it from Sydney Gas. (Read more).
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