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Narrabri gas project in NSW gets green light with 'stringent conditions'

Narrabri gas project in NSW gets green light with 'stringent conditions'

A controversial gas project in northern NSW has been given the green light to go ahead.

The NSW independent Planning Commission has approved the Santos $3.6 billion Narrabri gas project which is situated in the north east of the state.

The decision allowing the coal seam gas project comes more than six months after the state’s planning minister referred it to the regulatory body.

Phased approval has been granted for the project with 134 attached conditions.

“Following its detailed deliberations, the commission concludes the project is in the public interest and that any negative impacts can be effectively mitigated with strict conditions,” the commission’s statement said.

“The commission has granted a phased approval that is subject to stringent conditions, which means that the applicant must meet specific requirements before the project can progress to the next phase of development.”

During the hearing process communities and scientists raised concerns the project would put the area’s water resources at risk.