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Save the Pilliga


Santos’ plans to drill 850 CSG wells in the Pilliga forest could leak toxic CSG water or even depressurise the entire basin – the lifeblood of the area – making it unusable.

Make a tax-deductible donation to help us save the Pilliga.

The Pilliga forest is an iconic and vital part of Australia’s landscape. The sandstone under the Pilliga is a vital recharge area for the Great Artesian Basin, and creeks that flow through the Pilliga provide clean water into the Murray-Darling Basin.

Farmers in the local community rely on the water it provides to sustain their land and livelihoods.

When Pilliga farmers, Johannes and Regina Rickert, first heard that their farm was under threat of CSG they couldn’t believe it.

“Mum and Dad moved to the area over 30 years ago, and we’ve been farming here ever since,” Johannes explains.

“We initially moved here because of the nature. We’re surrounded by nature reserves, so we thought we would be safe from development…that was, until now.”

With two young boys – two-year-old Johann and newborn Leon – Regina and Johannes hoped to continue their legacy for a long time to come.

If mining giant Santos gets its way, this  won’t be possible.

We need your help today to ensure we can protect families like the Rickerts from the dangers of CSG. Please donate to keep Santos out of the Pilliga forest.

Your donation will help:

  • Commission expert modelling to scientifically scrutinise Santos’ bogus claims that drilling 850 CSG wells through the Great Artesian Basin would not risk this precious resource. 
  • Push the message of the community opposition, environmental risks and the untrue project justifications in the mainstream media.
  • Support the organisation of dozens of local events that are critical to maintain and increase community involvement in the resistance campaign.

*All donations are tax-deductible. Your e-receipt will be emailed to you immediately.