Activist complaints about fouled water and dead trees in a waterway near Narrabri, in northern NSW, are the latest to be exposed as nonsense by the Environmental Protection Authority.
The last time around, People of the Plains and other activists groups ranted that waste water storage ponds associated with natural gas test wells were overflowing after recent heavy rains in the region. The EPA dutifully investigated and found the ponds had not overflowed and that there was plenty of excess storage still available.
Now, according to the Protect the Plain group, a creek has been tainted and trees are dying as a result.
Once again, the EPA has investigated the complaint – and once again, it has been found to be completely baseless.
To be precise, the EPA this week investigated four areas of complaint: Claimed vegetation damage, tree death, presence of a smelly oily brown coloured contaminant and lack of animal life. In each case, the EPA found no evidence that “any environmental harm had occurred or was occurring”.
The EPA’s findings were:
- “Thick, thriving vegetation” was apparent on both sides of the creek.
- Trees were not dying.
- The brown colour in the water was some kind of plant growth, was not oily and there was no sign of any unnatural odour.
- There were plenty of “healthy and active tadpoles and other aquatic life” in the creek water.
So, nought from four in that trumped-up complaint list from Protect the Plain. Another waste of time and taxpayers’ money calling out the EPA to investigate a totally spurious list of complaints.
For the record, the creek in question is Bohena Creek, just to the South-West of Narrabri.
And the EPA’s final word:
“There is nothing which necessitates further investigation by the NSW EPA.”
The EPA is in Narrabri at the insistence of environmental groups. It is incumbent on those groups to refrain from wasting the EPA’s time chasing red herrings.