Gomeroi Nation vote NO to agreement with Santos on Pilliga coal-seam gas, campaigners call for solidarity

 Posted by admin on April 4, 2022

The Gomeroi Nation have voted overwhelmingly to reject a proposal from Santos at a historic Native Title meeting in Tamworth on 25th March 2022.

Gomeroi campaigners who attended the meeting are calling for solidarity from non-Indigenous people, to ensure this vote is respected and Santos abandon their coal-seam gas plans in the region.

Santos is seeking an agreement with Gomeroi to establish the Pilliga (Narrabri) coal-seam gas project, which would see 850 coal-seam gas wells in the Pilliga forest.

The lands targeted by Santos are subject to a registered Native Title claim by Gomeroi people. This means Santos either need an agreement with Gomeroi to progress their project, or sanction from the Native Title Tribunal to over-ride Gomeroi rights.

Gomeroi are calling on Santos to immediately withdraw an application currently before the Tribunal, which seeks permission to proceed with the project despite this vote.

Gomeroi people who have participated in the meeting have made the following public statements. Below are just some of many Gomeroi voices who have loudly said NO and must be heard.

A protest is being planned outside the Federal Court in Sydney on Friday 8th of April 2022, during the upcoming hearing, calling on Santos to withdraw the application and all levels of government to withdraw their support for Santos and respect Gomeroi rights.

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