Protest Against Wasting Good Water

7 June, 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angry Residents of the Valley Bring in the Rain !

Several members of the community noted in recent days that a water tanker contracted by Sydney Gas is bringing large quantities of water to the SGL Core Bore 3 in the Inlet Road, Bulga. Further investigation revealed that all this water came from the public drinking water standpipe in Singleton. We estimated (see letter to ) that already XXXX of drinking water have been used up so far. All this water finishes in the drilling mud ponds at the bore site and then simply disappears. Either the ponds leak or the water is adsorbed in permeable underground strata surrounding the bore hole.

Many community members were not happy about this waste of good water and assembled in the Inlet Road to protest against the Sydney Gas activities. It is gratifying to note that so many valley resident were prepared to come at what was surely an inconvenient time. They were so angry that the sky opened and brought us the best rain in years. Our protesters braved the rain happily for couple of hours until the reporters from the Newcastle NBN TV arrived to film the proceedings. Representatives of the local community including Bob Kennedy and Judith Leslie were interviewed. The footage from the Inlet Road protest and from the bore site was presented on the evening 6 o'clock TV news. Hopefully, this TV appearance would prove to many people that the environmental danger we are all facing from Sydney Gas is real and should not be ignored.

Meanwhile the rain continued, got stronger and eventually resulted in the highest Hunter River flood since 1955. But this is another story. For us this sudden flood is a timely reminder of natures's power. Our, usually so sedate Wollombi Brook turned into a raging torrent. Surely this is not a place for three hundred gaswells!

Here are some more pictures of the wandering water tanker, from the successful protest and from the Bulga floods.

Valley residents braving the rain in the Inlet Road protest.


Even the kangaroo braves the rain in the Inlet Road protest

(7 June, 2007).


Empty tanker leaving the drill site

(7 June, 2007).


Empty tanker leaving the drill site property gate

(7 June, 2007).


Empty tanker turning at the corner of the Inlet Road

(7 June, 2007).


Empty tanker leaving the drill site

(7 June, 2007).


The Inlet, Bulga: Hayes Creek running twenty four hours after the flood peak. The flood waters cover most of the alluvials only about 150 meters from the Core Bore 3

(10 June, 2007).


Putty Road at Bulga cut by the flood waters

(10 June, 2007).


Putty Road at Bulga cut by the flood waters

(10 June, 2007).


View from the Bulga bridge upstream

(10 June, 2007).


Bulga flood: Wollombi Creek upstream from Inlet Road intersection

(10 June, 2007).


Putty road to Singleton closed. View from the Bulga bridge

(10 June, 2007).


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