Australia’s Santos has been given the go-ahead with its amended Narrabi project in the Pilliga forest in New South Wales.
Santos submitted a reviewed environmental report for the Narrabri coalbed methane utilisation project, the Bibblewindi gas exploration project and the Dewhurst gas exploration project to the NSW Planning Assessment Commission.
The Commission approved the report accepting that the modified Narrabri project allowed for the "rational and efficient transfer of water and brine for dust suppression and rehabilitation" to enable the use of gas from exploration and appraisal drilling.
The local community were given the opportunity to weigh in on the bid to go ahead during the investigation receiving less than 25 objections.
“The Commission considers the current proposed modification and pilot expansions to be minor as they are of short duration and are essentially aimed at exploration and resource appraisal and also notes that CBM is regulated under a complex set of consents and approvals,” the Commission said.