As the fossil fuel divestment movement grows, the fossil fuel industry digs itself deeper into the quagmire by focusing its attention on unconventional resources like coal seam gas, shale gas and deep-sea oil drilling.
Each of these energy sources requires highly risky extraction methods such as hydraulic fracturing (fracking) which puts our climate, ecosystems, water, communities and land in danger.
Santos, an Australian oil and gas company, is all aboard the unconventional oil and gas ship – with plans that will send the mercury rising and devastate some of Australia’s most precious ecosystems.
As we speak, Santos is drilling exploration wells deep into NSW’s Pilliga Forest – one of the key recharge areas of the Great Artesian Basin and home to numerous threatened species, including our beloved koala. Despite longstanding community opposition, Santos plans to drill a whopping 850 of these wells throughout the forest and surrounding farmland.
But it doesn’t end there. Santos also plans to frack shale gas wells in the Wild Rivers of Queensland’s Channel Country. And, they’re buddying up with BP and Chevron to explore for oil in the Great Australian Bight, placing our unique marine wildlife and the climate directly in the firing line.
Unfortunately, we can’t rely on our government to stand up for our climate or environment. It’s going to come down to us to stand in Santos’ way.
If you are a Santos shareholder, we need your help. Our friends at the Wilderness society are helping shareholders to move a resolution against drilling in the Pilliga at Santos’ 2014 AGM. But we need to act fast – the resolution deadline is mid February and it’s going to take 100 shareholders to get this over the line.
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Let’s show Santos that we are > than fossil fuels.
Yours for a safe climate,