Acland Stage 3 Coal Expansion

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The Queensland Land Court has recommended against approval of the Acland Stage 3 coal mine expansion on the Darling Downs of Queensland- one of Queensland's most productive farming regions.

Final decisions are now required by the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines (for the mining licence) and the Department of Environment and Science (for the environmental authority).  In the past, they have always followed the recommendation of the Land Court when it recommended approval.

While minister Lynham has delayed his decision the Environment Department is bound by legislation to make a decision by next Wednesday the 14th February!

Will you call the department today to ensure they make the right decision and reject the environmental authority for the mine?

  1. Call 1300 130 372 and choose option 4 ("licences and permits").
  2. Ask to speak to the person making the decision on Acland Stage 3 Expansion
  3. Ask for you name and contact details to be recorded and that you urge the department to follow the land court recommendation to reject the mine.
  4. Tell them ignoring the Land Court decision would completely undermine the rule of law in Queensland and make a laughing stock of the Land Court.
  5. Leave a comment below to tell us how it went

The legal case against the Acland Stage 3 coal mine was one of the largest environmental cases in Australian history.

This is the first time that this Court has ever recommended outright rejection of a mining project after a contested hearing.  In contrast, it has recommended approval of mining projects over 290 times in the last 10 years.

   A summary of the direct findings of the Land Court can be found here. The key facts established by the Court are:

  • Extraordinarily significant agricultural land: The proposed mine is located on land that is among the best 1.5% of agricultural land in Queensland.
  • Groundwater threats too severe: The full impacts of groundwater drawdown are uncertain, but it has the potential to adversely affect surrounding farmers for hundreds of years to come.
  • Destruction of the town of Acland: The existing mine has greatly impacted local residents from noise and dust, and has caused the town of Acland to functionally no longer exist. Read more about Acland's history here.
  • Job estimates inflated: New Acland significantly over-estimated the job impacts and the net jobs created is estimated at only 680, rather than the 3550 stated in the EIS.
  • Very limited royalties: More than 93% of royalties – equivalent to an estimated $436M - will be foregone by the Queensland Government, because the mine is situated on old land titles.

                                                               

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  • commented 2018-02-14 09:32:37 +1000
    I phoned today(Wed.), too late to speak to the person in charge. So I called the environment minister, Leo Enoch, instead. Left message with staffer who took my name and email and promised to pass on my message.
  • commented 2018-02-14 08:09:42 +1000
    thanks Kathryn – I have followed your advice, but please everyone, note the misspelling in the email address.
  • commented 2018-02-09 16:07:52 +1000
    Have just called – they say they are getting too many calls and will not be able to give us call backs so are now asking us to call Minister Enoch’s office: 3719 7140. I did this, however the Secretary suggested I email them as well: enviornment@ministerial.qld.gov.au
  • commented 2018-02-08 16:08:54 +1000
    Just finished calling. Took my details and said they will return my call. Have posted this link to me facebook page.
  • commented 2018-02-08 12:58:38 +1000
    Thanks so much for the feedback folks and for making those calls! We have had a number of emails with feedback too. Some people have started receiving calls back from the department yesterday afternoon. If you haven’t got through yet keep trying! There is so much at stake here and it would be great if we can keep the momentum up until next Wednesday when they will release the decision.
  • commented 2018-02-07 18:09:31 +1000
    So far after two phone call today one at 9.30am second at 4pm Ive not had a single return phone call.
  • commented 2018-02-07 14:55:50 +1000
    I have just called and was told pretty much the same as people before me. My details were given and was advised someone would be in contact with me regarding the decision.
  • commented 2018-02-07 12:58:40 +1000
    I called and the woman who answered said they had an overwhelming number of calls regarding the decision. She took my details and said someone would call me about this in the next few days.
  • commented 2018-02-07 12:08:14 +1000
    Phoned and left my details and she assured me that she would pass these on and reason for the call. I have a very personal interest in this, having grown up only 15mins from Acland on a grazing farm. The devastation that it is already causing for the remaining farmers is horrific, to expand this mine is unthinkable. Thank you everyone for your calls.
  • commented 2018-02-07 11:04:24 +1000
    Just called also – must be nearly 100 calls already (20 each for 5 operators). Assured that all calls will be returned before they make a decision on 14th.
  • commented 2018-02-07 10:44:59 +1000
    Just tried calling — they said they have had a lot of calls, and the admin person just takes your name and number and said they will have someone call you back.
  • commented 2018-02-07 09:35:13 +1000
    The admin staff are not ready. Apparently someone will call me back. Time is 0935 QLD time.

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