Jeremy Gett, farmer and Santos employee, discusses his experiences with the CSG industry.
"I’m a fourth generation farmer and I also work for Santos. Farming is my first passion.
I was born and bred on the land obviously. My son is 15, he’s fifth generation. We have been here for 100 years - 100 years last month, the Gett family have been in this district.
If I thought oil and gas could harm my farm in any way long term, it wouldn’t be happening on my place.
Coal Seam Gas is nothing new to me. It has been in this area around Yarrie Lake, I think I was around 8 the first time I saw a gas well. I’m 40 in a few months.
Some of the media hype we hear about bores with gas bubbling out of them. The only gas I know of in bores, goes back years and years when you hear the old timers talking about some of these artesian bores, they could light them. And that’s years ago before there was any sort of exploration in this area.
The activists are very passionate about what they do and they firmly believe in it. Others are easily led, I feel. They are very quick to judge on what they see in the media. I have to give them the respect they deserve as that is what they believe. As I would appreciate if they give me the same sort of respect.
The change I have seen in 10 years, especially since Santos have taken over. They definitely stride very hard to prove that they can and are doing the right thing. We are under fire and we can’t afford any slips. So it’s extra vigilance every day to make sure we do it right.
I love the land and I would never do anything to jeopardise our future here. To supply NSW with a significant part of their energy supply would be something I would be very proud of."
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