a poem by Michael Cox, 2020.
I had written them an email which included lots of detail Sent to Santos CEO in Sydney months ago Said people are not willing to countenance the drilling In the heartland of the Namoi where the flood plains overflow And the answer as expected said my plea would be rejected And I think the same was written by someone from PR ‘Twas all about the dollar while no science or no scholar Should halt the march of progress and that’s just how it ARE In my wild erratic fancy I’d hoped perhaps by chance they Would favour rich green pastures over desiccated earth. And the water shed a-draining took a million years of raining For a hit of short term-ism imagine what that’s worth It’s a fact that isn’t heeded that this gas is just not needed There’s a glut already out there and Renewables stand tall The forest and the farmland wrap the landscape like a garland An "extractivation" nightmare spreads its foulness over all The farmers and the greenies young old and in-betweenies Businesses and drovers from Wee Waa to Boggabri See greenhouse debt accruing and toxic gasses spewing Through the open window floating from the plains of Narrabri And the heartfelt deputations of custodian First Nations Whose deep-time profound entwinement with this land demands respect And resulting salination and the leached contamination A landscape that is hollowed out an aquifer that’s wrecked And in place of lowing cattle I can hear the fiendish rattle Of the drilling rigs and pipelines and community despair And the threat that we are facin’ to the Great Artesian Basin To the clean and green alternatives this fracking can’t compare And the bush hath native fauna the ring tail we should warn her Of the coming degradation of her lovely bushland home Where we’d see the vision ugly replace koalas snuggly With contaminated wasteland where the spotted quoll did roam And I somehow rather fancy that this drilling is too chancy It’s time to lock the gate now where the western drill rigs go And send them all a-packing! Put an end to all this fracking! For the country life has values ask Clancy of the Overflow