The town of Narrabri in north-west NSW has been divided in recent years over a proposal to mine coal seam gas in the Pilliga State Forest.

Miner Santos has been given the go-ahead to proceed with its plans despite objections from the local Gamilaroi people, protesters against fossil fuel expansion and farmers who fear the contamination of ground water. Others support the economic benefits to the area and believe the environmental risks are overstated.

A group of UTS students recently travelled to Narrabri to speak with locals and get their differing opinions.