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Mines dig up youth revolt

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Liverpool Plains Youth; (at back) Joe Norman, “Redbank” Gunnedah (bottom left) Jock Tudgey, “Newhaven” Breeza, Sarah Reardon, “Five Mile” Caroona and Alex Norman, “Yarra Brae”, Piallaway with his dog ‘Critter’. IT’S NOT just old cockies who are incensed at Shenhua’s Watermark mine proposal.
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Young Liverpool Plains farmers say they are “fighting for our way of life” in the wake of last week’s Planning and Assessment Commission approval at Breeza.

The Liverpool Plains Youth Group started as an exclusive Facebook group among friends when news of Watermark’s approval broke on January 29.

They opened up their group to the public just one week ago and since then it has received more than 1200 “likes”.

The group aims to rally public support and force the government to change its decision.

They’ve been using different social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter, and members have written letters protesting against Watermark’s approval to Premier Mike Baird.

“We are fighting for our futures and we won’t stop,” said Anna Pursehouse, daughter of Andrew who owns Breeza Station.

“Farming is not just our job it is our way of life.”

Breeza Station, a large mixed farming enterprise on the Liverpool Plains, shares three boundary fences with Watermark and Ms Pursehouse fears her new neighbour will affect her future on the land.

“Nobody is convinced in the slightest that our land will maintain its productivity and that would leave us with an unpredictable future,” she said.

Ms Pursehouse said the mine’s green light meant “throwing away a permanent food and fibre supply for a temporary coal supply.”

Sarah Reardon, “Five Mile”, Caroona, has also written letters pleading with the Premier not take her farming future away.

Ms Reardon arrived at Caroona seven years ago with her partner, Simon Burt.

“I could have a wonderful future here, I get goose bumps talking about it,” she said.

BHP is also planning to build its Caroona mine just 10 kilometres away from her property.

“If these projects go ahead and they take my future away I’ll move, and I so desperately want to stay,” she said.

“I and everybody else in the area never lost hope that maybe the State government would care enough to protect us and what we have here,” she said.

“The approval has really lit a fire under all of us because we want to stay here.”

Another member of the group, Ed Nankivell, “Wimboyne”, Blackville, said the group would use the remaining time before the mine’s final approval to show the public why Watermark shouldn’t go ahead.

He said Liverpool Plains soil stored moisture so effectively farmers could produce summer and winter crops, even during drier periods, making local agriculture particularly productive.

Uncertainty over potential impacts to productive aquifers was particularly worrying, he said.

“If they are affected significantly, we won’t be able to produce at the rate we have been.”

Producers who rely on irrigation for production also feared coal dust could affect their crops and production capabilities.

The impact on value of the properties neighbouring the mine areas was also a concern.

The federal Environment Department has final say over Watermark’s approval, with a 30 day deadline set to expire by March 2.

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Decline on the cards for small towns

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AN ambitious goal of 40,000 new jobs for regional NSW is at the core of the Coalition’s Regional Kick Start plan, but what’s happening behind the headlines?
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According to the latest labour force data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) jobs growth in regional NSW has been static for the last three years.

There were 1190 jobs in regional NSW at the start of 2011, the same as the most recent figure recorded in December 2014 but unemployment had increased by 16,000 to 90,000.

Regional growth is now more pressing than ever, with widespread decline predicted by the NSW Department of Planning across much of NSW from 2011 to 2031 (see graphic).

However, NSW Deputy Premier and Nationals leader Troy Grant said despite the negative data from the ABS, the Coalition had actually met its target.

“More than 39,000 jobs have been created outside Sydney since 2011,” he said.

“While employment statistics provide a measure of past economic activity, job vacancies indicate future economic performance.

“The latest job vacancy figures for regional NSW are very encouraging, showing a 6.9 per cent increase in internet job vacancies from November 2013 to November 2014.”

Opposition regional affairs spokesman Mick Veitch said the latest labour force figures disproved the claim.

“The ABS has belled the cat and exposed their broken promise,” he said, “if ever there was a policy whacked together on the back of an envelope it was the Decade of Decentralisation.”

The Land has campaigned for more than a year on the need to boost investment in regional infrastructure, including bridges, roads, freight rail, hospitals and small towns.

In December, Livestock carrier Paul Milgate said regional roads were bruising his business (“Rough ride for regions”, Dec 20, p25).

“The further you get into the centre of the State there isn’t too much money going into roads – some are in worse condition than dirt roads because you can’t grade them,” he said.

Government data has shown that relocation grant schemes, including Evocities, had not encouraged regrowth in small towns, but helped to concentrate prosperity on already flourishing centres.

Evocities was designed to encourage people to relocate from the Sydney to Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga and while these towns are predicted to grow in the next two decades, the picture is bleaker for towns further afield.

NSW Farmers policy director Angus Gidley-Baird told The Land in April that targeted relocation schemes could create winners and losers (“Decentralisation measures miss mark”, April 3, p13).

“It can suck the life out of smaller towns… you need to find a balance,” he said.

The economy had been the government’s top priority since entering office, Mr Grant said, and its economic management had created potential for future growth.

The June Budget saw NSW retained its AAA credit rating and delivered a near $1 billion surplus.

While some regions “had experienced reduced employment,” Mr Grant said “South Eastern NSW and the Illawarra and the Murray and Riverina have seen their overall employment levels increase in the 12 months to December 2014.”

The government’s planned sale of 49 per cent of the State’s electricity network is projected to generate $20 billion, after interest earned and the federal government chips in with $2bn in incentives.

The Nationals have 30 per cent of the revenue for regional NSW.

Mr Grant said the windfall would be channelled through its infrastructure scheme, branded Restart NSW, into “critical regional infrastructure, including roads, rail, water and health infrastructure”.

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Drought funding face-off

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VOTERS will be asked to decide between competing drought support agendas after the major parties released their policies in recent weeks.
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The Coalition was first out of

the gate with a $300-million package that focused on low interest loans for producers in drought.

Labor’s policy released last weekend had the reintroduction of transport and fodder subsidies of $20,000 per landowner who had experienced at least nine months of drought as its key platform.

NSW Farmers president Fiona Simson said the policies had different philosophies – drought preparedness versus in-drought support.

“The ideal package for us would be a mix of both,” she said.

While the Coalition included $5m for transport subsidies for donated fodder and animal welfare, Mrs Simson said she expected farmers in Walgett and Lightning Ridge would need more.

“We welcome those measures, but they are pretty limited,” she said.

“Labor looks like they’ve picked up some of our key requests – it looks good on paper, but we’re still short on quite a bit of detail.

“Certainly the feedback we’re getting from our farmers is they can’t focus on preparation measures at all at the moment.”

Walgett councillor and landowner Bill Murray, “Milrea”, said there were positives and negatives to both policies, but he expected Labor’s to be better received.

“The problem with The Nationals’ policy is it’s talking about the next drought… we’re looking for a bit more help with this one.”

On the other hand, he thought Labor’s policy of $1.5 million to double the number of rural support workers was money that could be better spent.

“We already have enough (support workers)… there are about five running around here, they just need to be better co-ordinated,” he said.

The Coalition’s low-interest loans would be more useful if farmers had more time to pay them back, he said.

Mr Murray didn’t know many people who had taken up the short-term loans offered by the Farm Innovation Fund,

which received $250 million under the Coalition’s drought policy.

NSW Nationals leader Troy Grant said the loans were “extraordinarily popular” last week.

“The Farm Innovation Fund was a first under the NSW Liberals and Nationals government and I’m pleased it has benefited our farmers and agribusinesses with upgrades and investment in agricultural technology,” Mr Grant said.

“We have been listening to our regional communities and are delivering the vital support they need to survive drought.”

Mr Grant said the new package would bolster farmers’ resilience.

Labor also wants to reintroduce drought declarations.

Labor’s primary industries spokes-man Steve Whan said there was no reason State governments that had signed up to the national drought agreement could not have declarations and in-drought support, despite a focus on preparedness.

Mr Whan said Labor would not put a figure on how much it was willing to spend on subsidies.

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Cuballing locals want waste facility dumped

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Cuballing farmers Archie (front left), Jenny, Colin, Chad, Sarah, Tom and Harry Hawksley are concerned about a proposed waste facility that could be established next to their egg farm.A GROUP of Cuballing locals want the proposal for a Regional Shire Waste Facility site dumped.
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A proposal for a Regional Waste Recycling and Disposal Facility in the Cuballing Shire that will service seven councils has farmers and residents neighbouring the proposed site on Wandering-Narrogin road concerned.

The planned tip is designed to establish a regional approach to waste management and disposal, which was compiled by the Wagin Voluntary Group of Councils (WVGC).

The WVGC is made up of local government authorities including; the Shire of Cuballing, Shire of Narrogin, Town of Narrogin, Shire of Pingelly, Shire of Wagin, Shire of Wickepin and the Shire of Williams.

The site is situated seven kilometres from the Cuballing townsite and 8km from the Narrogin town centre.

Chad Hawksley’s family run a poultry egg business and he said his farm was located next to the proposed waste facility site.

The location is less than ideal and could ruin his business according to Mr Hawksley.

“My concern is that there has been no acknowledgement of the farms next to the site,” Mr Hawksley said.

“Our adjoining paddock is the boundary of the tip.

“We will have to reconsider our hatching plan, due to the possibility of ammonium coming off the tip. Also there is the public perception of our farm being close to a waste facility and there is the worry of feral animals and the diseases they carry being passed on to our chooks.”

Mr Hawksley was also concerned about impacts on ground water in the area.

“We use a lot of ground water for our chooks and when the water runs off the tip, what happens if there is contamination to our bore water, which we are reliant on?” he said.

“There is the possibility the eggs could also be effected, as eggs are very porous.

“If the smell comes our way, it can seep through the eggs and spoil them.”

A fourth generation farmer, Mr Hawksley said there are a lot of unknowns at this stage, which has made everyone upset and very concerned.

“There are a lot of implications, zoning, proximity to the business, separation zones,” Mr Hawksley said.

“There has been a lack of respect, there was no discussion of proposals with us or the implications this will have. Some people were not even aware of the proposal until a few weeks ago.”

Cuballing Shire chief executive officer Gary Sherry said the regional waste facility will be cost effective, compliant and an easier-to-manage site.

“We have had 70 days of public comment available on this. Our legal requirement under our Town Planning Scheme is 14 days, so I think we have been accommodating,” Mr Sherry said.

“It is still two and a half years away from accepting any waste, and that also depends on whether the proposal continues to be achieved – there is no guarantee of that yet.”

Mr Sherry said those who have made a claim will be heard and considered.

He said he understood the concerned residents claims, but said suggestion they have not been considered is not accurate.

“This process is now considering everyone,” Mr Sherry said.

“This is the point of the planning, the works approval is to consider everyone making a claim.

“To this point it has been very much about getting the proposal to this stage.”

Mr Sherry said the new regional site will be better managed, and more efficient.

The residents of the surrounding shire’s will continue to have access to their local tip and the waste will be transported to the proposed regional site.

Mr Sherry said the new regional site will be better managed, and more efficient.

The other shires will then cease landfill operations in 11 current sites.

“This will be a similar operation used by Kondinin, Corrigin, Kulin and Narembeen,” Mr Sherry said.

“They have a regional site, just north of Kondinin.”

Filipa Walmsley is another local whose property is close to the proposed site. She said she is concerned that the ground water will be affected, due to run off.

“The site they have chosen, you could not have chosen a site with more residents around it,” Ms Walmsley said.

“My concerns is, because of the agricultural area, I don’t feel the site is suitable because it is elevated.

“Run off is a possibility, so why would you stick a landfill on top of a hill and next to farms.

“We don’t have mains water supply, so everyone relies on surface water, ground water or rainwater, we don’t have another source.

“This is the problem, if it is contaminated we will be affected.”

According to the draft raft Works Application; January 2015 up to 7000 tonnes of material is anticipated to be brought to the site annually, sorted, recycled and placed to fill.

It outlines in the proposal that the Wagin Group proposes it will use the natural clay aquitard under the old gravel pit, the proposed site, as the basis for lining, designed to protect groundwater from impacts of leachate and leakage.

While the document also states that the control of surface water may be required to prevent runoff from the landfill materials flowing to the downslope farmland.

Member for Wagin Terry Waldron said he has had conversations with some of the worried locals, and he has made this known to the Shire of Cuballing.

“I have been contacted by local constituents, who have concerns about where the site is,” Mr Waldron said.

“They need to make submissions, which will form part of the planning application and their voices and concerns will be listened to. The final decision has not been made yet.

“It just needs to follow the process now.

“The idea of regional rubbish tips are a good idea, but we just need to ensure they are in the best possible locations.”

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Call to evaluate FMD strategies

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Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases at Massey University, NZ, Tim Carpenter (left), Research Professor of Economics at the University of California, US, Alan Olmstead and Gardiner Foundation chairman Mike Taylor.INTERNATIONAL experts on infectious livestock diseases including foot and mouth disease (FMD) have warned Australian policymakers need to prioritise collaboration and communication to ensure recovery strategies are in place to deal with an outbreak in Australia that would cripple our meat and dairy industries.
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According to Victoria’s Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) Professor Charles Milne (pictured), his experiences during the devastating 2001 outbreak in the United Kingdom, and as CVO for Scotland during the 2007 outbreak, showed FMD was a disease that had a profound economic impact.

Prof Milne said at a forum at the University of Melbourne last Thursday – as part of a series hosted by the Gardiner Foundation – the 2001 outbreak was estimated to have cost the UK £8 billion and tourism was the hardest hit industry.

He reminded the forum the crisis started when one farmer fed his pigs non-treated swill and by the time infected carcases were traced back to his farm, it had spread to a neighbour’s sheep herd. In a matter of weeks, 16 sheep were sold off that farm and dispersed through the marketing system around the country; and FMD had the entire UK in its grips.

He said even after Scotland was declared free of the disease, it took another seven years to reopen the market in meat to all previous trading partners.

Graeme Garner, director of Animal Health Epidemiology at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, said a large outbreak would cost Australia more than $50 billion, and 99 per cent of these losses would be trade-related.

Prof Milne warned complacency was the biggest risk in Australia; for example Australia’s Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong only received 20 to 40 suspected FMD samples each year and that was too low.

He said a recent experience reassured him the Victorian Government took the risk of FMD seriously.

“In Victoria, we had a suspected case of FMD in recent weeks, and the Premier and Agriculture Minister were up at 3am to hear the, fortunately negative, result; and we will shortly rehearse everyone’s role in the first few crucial days of an outbreak.

“We’ve also initiated a review of surveillance in Victoria; including at saleyards, abattoirs and knackeries. When we see more samples coming in from them, we will have succeeded.”

He said another danger was backyard pig owners because the UK experience showed it only took one farmer to do the wrong thing to start an industry-crippling outbreak, and despite swill feeding being illegal in Victoria, it needed to be better communicated to all people irrespective of cultural background and language.

University of California Research Professor of Economics Alan Olmstead said hard-learned lessons from the 10 FMD outbreaks in the US included the necessity of getting the public and politicians on-side to ensure tough measures could be taken quickly to control an outbreak.

Prof Olmstead said the ongoing Ebola crisis demonstrated how a virus could become politicised and sensationalised in the media, so self-appointed “experts” get as much air time as scientists who have been studying the disease for decades.

He said the crisis also showed how systems could break down, including “embarrassing mistakes” in the transport of hazardous waste and a reluctance of people to comply with quarantine.

Tim Carpenter, a Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases at Massey University in New Zealand, added while the last FMD outbreak in Australia occurred in 1876, it continued to be a real threat to Australia’s agricultural industries because it was considered the most highly contagious livestock disease and was widely spread through areas of Asia.

Prof Carpenter said vaccinating against FMD was a “hot topic” because it was impossible to vaccinate against all the sub-strains and an existing six-month ban on selling meat from the vaccinated animal added to the economic considerations.

Prof Olmstead said to prevent an FMD outbreak, Australia should continue to be vigilant at its border controls and it should be monitoring other countries including in Asia that have FMD to make sure that products from those countries weren’t slipping past quarantine controls.

“FMD could come in a variety of ways. The scientists know how to keep it out. The question is do the policymakers continue their resolve to be tough enough to prevent it coming in?”

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Positive price push

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THERE’S still plenty of time to cash in on the higher cattle prices as values have been forecast to stay solid for much of 2015.
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Buoyant cattle prices forced the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI) to a record 451.25 cents a kilogram last week, but analysts suggest rates will now consolidate after the January price surge.

Mecardo analyst Angus Brown tipped the EYCI could hit 500c/kg by Easter, before peaking again during the traditional yearly high in July/August/September.

“It’s not really ordinary times in the cattle market now,” Mr Brown said.

He acknowledged there could be some downside to the market if the country slipped back into widespread drought.

But on the other side of the coin, he said international prices (which had been driving some of the price spike) had a long way to fall before they started affecting Australian cattle prices.

Mr Brown said the falling Australian dollar had also helped ramp up prices.

“So there is no need to panic that prices here are on the wane unless we move back into drought,” he said.

Mecardo analysts already have a few runs of the board after predicting last year the EYCI would hit 450c/kg in 2015. This was at a time when the indicator was trading below 350c/kg.

Meat and Livestock Australia’s predictions have not been worded as strong, but have indicated that for now prices should be steady.

“The forecast dry February may have an impact on markets going forward, but the effects are likely to become apparent only towards the end of the month, especially considering the reasonable rainfall recorded by most during January,” MLA’s Meat and Livestock Weekly report said.

Last week most prime yearling steer categories were dearer than the week before.

MLA data showed yearling steers topped at an estimated 499c/kg (cwt) which returned $1608.

Grown steers generally ranged from 346c/kg to 474c/kg returning a top of $1651 a head.

Cows to slaughter were also still in demand and topped at $1623 and generally the top end in each weight range was in excess of 450c/kg.

At the same time export volumes have also been positive during January.

Australian beef exports started 2015 only three per cent slower than the corresponding period last year according to federal Department of Agriculture figures.

There were 67,537 tonnes (shipped weight) of beef exported during January.

This figure was 31pc higher than the five year average and indicates just how high cattle slaughter is for this time of year.

But, MLA said while the year-on-year decline in exports during January was only minor, it was expected to be a common theme for 2015, considering the unprecedented year it will be compared against.

The US easily remained the primary market for Australian beef exports, at 25,809t, up 87pc year-on-year.

There was big growth in the chilled volumes which more than doubled to 5664t.

The strong trend towards chilled grassfed beef is likely to remain in place for the remainder of the year according to MLA, along with the US being the largest market.

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British Breeds sale tops at $2200

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Cameron Little, “Oakburn”, Walcha with Chain-O-Ponds Border Leicester stud principals Margaret and Bruce Davidson with the top priced ram.VOLUME buyers from the local area and surrounding districts sent the 39th Annual Walcha Show Society’s Border Leicester, Poll Dorset and White Suffolk sale to a top of $2200.
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The five vendor sale sold 186 rams out of 193, with the Border Leicester rams averaging $1189 and topping at $2200, the Poll Dorset rams making a top of $1300 and averaging $872 and the White Suffolk rams averaging $1120 and topping at $1400.

The top priced ram was sold by Chain-O-Ponds Border Leicester stud, Walcha and was purchased by Cameron Little, “Oakburn”, Walcha.

The repeat buyer breeds commercial rams to sell locally and said he purchased the Chain-O-Ponds ram for it’s good length and frame.

“It will help breed bigger ewes and build the frame of the sheep better,” he said.

Chain-O-Ponds stud principal, Bruce Davidson, said the sale result was extremely positive for all involved.

“There was good repeat buyers and there were at least four out of town volume buyers,” he said.

Since September, the Walcha region has had a pretty good season and Mr Davidson said the rams have reflected the turn around.

“Since they’ve got their feed, they’ve hit their straps,” he said.

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Scholarship to honour Glen Turner

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Glen Turner.A NEW scholarship has been created to honour a government employee was was shot and killed in NSW last year.
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Glen Turner was an Office of Environment and Heritage employee who was killed at Croppa Creek near Moree in July 2014.

Environment Minister Rob Stokes announced the creation of the Glen Turner Scholarship today, which will cover full tuition fees at the University of Newcastle to a student in the field of natural resource management.

“Glen Turner was a champion of the regional way of life and dedicated to the protection of the environment,” Mr Stokes said.

“We have created the Glen Turner Scholarship in conjunction with Glen’s family and the University of Newcastle to assist a student who displays the values Glen exhibited.

“As a tribute to Glen Turner’s background the scholarship is designed to support a student from the bush or a low socio-economic background.”

Mr Turner’s partner Alison McKenzie said on behalf of the family that they were pleased the scholarship applications were now open.

“Glen was all about supporting the underdog, having ideas and advancing the cause of the environment. Education and supporting young people were very important to him,” she said.

“We are so proud that a student in a field that he loved, at the university that he respected will find it a little easier to start their career with a scholarship which bears his name.”

Mr Turner attended the University of Newcastle from 1982 – 1985.

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AGL’s Camden gas leak claims questioned

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The amount of coal seam gas thought to have gushed from a well near homes at Camden last year was up to 10 times more than the figure energy company AGL later made public, government documents show, prompting claims the public was kept in the dark.
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Documents obtained under freedom of information laws also revealed a series of safety issues and accidents at the company’s 144-well Camden Gas Project. They include a rig manager who worked 21 days’ straight and a sudden release of gas that injured workers.

Coal seam gas is shaping as a hotly fought state election issue in rural and regional NSW, amid public concern over the pollution of land, water and air.

Radio host Alan Jones, whose castigation of Queensland’s LNP government over coal mining is likely to have contributed to the party’s electoral walloping, is a vocal opponent of coal seam gas mining near homes. Asked on ABC’s Q&A program on Monday if he would take up the coal seam gas issue during the NSW election campaign, Mr Jones said the Baird government would have to “face the consequences” unless public concerns were addressed.

On August 31 last year, coal seam gas was released from a well about 200 metres from homes at Camden after a pressure valve was activated. Alarmed residents reportedly heard a loud hissing noise and smelt gas.

Emails show that on September 5, AGL told government officials that up to 100,000 standard cubic feet of gas were emitted over about two hours. This figure was not made public.

On September 30, AGL publicly released a report into the incident. It said about 10,000 standard cubic feet of gas was released – 10 per cent of its original estimate.

AGL supplied that figure to the Environment Protection Authority in mid-September, but took two weeks to release it publicly.

A spokesman for Energy Minister Anthony Roberts said AGL’s initial estimate assumed gas flowed continuously. He said the lower figure, based on data from the well, more accurately assumed that the gas flowed intermittently.

However this is at odds with AGL’s email to departmental officials, which said its initial estimate was based on the valve operating “not continuously”.

An AGL spokesman said the initial figure provided to officials was a “conservative upper estimate” and the figure was revised down after further analysis.

He said natural gas was not toxic, and fire crews did not detect harmful levels of methane. The EPA is investigating the incident.

The gas was 96 per cent methane, with smaller amounts of carbon dioxide, nitrogen and ethane.

Lock the Gate Alliance western Sydney co-ordinator Dan Robins, whose organisation obtained the documents, said the public should have been told immediately that a large amount of gas was potentially released, adding AGL was “not transparent, they are not upfront with the community”.

He said coal seam gas was flammable and posed a significant risk to human health and the environment.

Camden Liberal MP Chris Patterson said only accurate data should be released to the community, however “the minute AGL have accurate information, it needs to be in the public domain”.

The criticism follows the suspension of an AGL coal seam gas project near Gloucester last month after toxic chemicals were detected in water from two wells. The EPA criticised AGL for taking 12 days to alert the public. AGL said the chemicals were likely to be naturally occurring.

The documents also revealed a series of safety incidents at the Camden site between 2010 and 2014.

They include a sudden release of gas that caused skin damage to the chest, neck and face of a worker, and the leak of up to 1000 litres of produced water, which is salty and sometimes contains traces of drilling chemicals.

In 2013, a contract rig manager was found to have worked 21 days straight, plus two days travelling to and from the site. Other issues included duct tape used to secure a hand rail and objects lodged in wells.

Last October, Fairfax Media reported leaks had been found at almost one in 10 gas wells at Camden.

An AGL spokesman said the company was committed to safety and most issues related to “normal inspection, maintenance and servicing”. He said the water leak was contained and corrective action was taken on several occasions.

A spokesman for Mr Roberts said the accidents were investigated and AGL was directed to act “to ensure the safety of its workers”.

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Santos slashes $800m value from Narrabri CSG

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Santos sinking a water monitoring bore for CSG in the Pilliga forest, near Narrabri.Santos has slashed more than $800 million from the value of its Narrabri coal seam gas assets as part of multiple write-downs across its assets after the collapse in oil prices.
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The write-downs, which total $2.4 billion before tax and $1.6 billion after tax, also affect its oil exploration and production assets in the Cooper Basin, as well as producing fields and discoveries in Western Australia and Asia.

However Santos’s new $US18.5 billion ($23.95 billion) Gladstone liquefied natural gas venture under construction in Queensland has escaped any impairment, despite rival BG Group advising this month of an enormous $US6.8 billion impairment of its new Queensland LNG venture.

Importantly, Santos said the impairments were not expected to affect its investment grade credit rating, or its debt facilities. Santos’s credit rating from Standard & Poor’s was cut in December to BBB from BBB+ and has been seen at risk of a further downgrade, although S&P said last month the latest rating was at no immediate risk.

Santos shares were down 3.5 per cent to $7.44 at 10.15am AEST on Thursday.

“The impairment charge reflects the lower oil price environment and is a non-cash accounting adjustment that relates to the historical book value of the company’s assets,” Santos said in a statement on Thursday.

Woodside Petroleum and Oil Search have already advised of write-downs after the near-60 per cent drop in oil prices since June. Woodside said last month it expected to take pre-tax write-downs of $US250 million-$US400 million and Oil Search estimated its impairments at $US150 million-$US200 million pre-tax.

Santos’s write-down on its Narrabri CSG interests reflected a 30 per cent reduction in proven and probable reserves at the project, which was signalled last November, as well as delays in development, which have pushed back the start-up date. Santos acquired the business through the takeover of Eastern Star Gas several years ago.

The next biggest impairment came at the producing Cooper Basin oil venture, which is being written down by $688 million before-tax, while producing oil fields in Western Australia are being reduced in value by $201 million. WA exploration discoveries at Winchester, Zola and Bianchi will cause a $198 million impairment before tax, but other write-downs are smaller.

Santos said that in testing the carrying value of its assets, it used future oil price estimates, which assume short-term market prices for four years, of $US55 a barrel for Brent crude this year, rising to $US70 in 2016, $US80 in 2017 and $US90 in 2018.

The assumption then reverts to a long-term price of $US90 from 2019 in real terms. It assumed a US80c exchange rate for the Australian dollar.

The impairments will be reflected in Santos’s full-year results, to be released on February 20.

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