Decision on $3.6bn Narrabri coal seam gas development delayed after late submission from Santos

THE GUARDIAN | A decision on a controversial coal seam gas development at Narrabri, in north-west New South Wales, has been delayed after the company behind it lodged a last-minute submission suggesting it will have greater economic benefits than previously claimed.

The state independent planning commission announced on Friday it would reopen public comments on the $3.6bn project, proposed by the oil and gas company Santos, and push back a decision by four weeks, until 30 September.

It follows Santos lodging a submission on Monday that included new modelling suggesting gas could be produced more cheaply at the site than had been estimated, the project would reduce gas prices in the state, and the economic and employment benefits would be greater than previously thought.

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