The next big open cut coal mine slated to gouge the Hunter Valley is the proposed Wambo-United super pit project and we need your help in objecting to it.
Submissions are due by 22 September.
There’s a few reasons why this is an important mine for us to make a fuss about.
It’s one of the 16 new mining areas proposed under the Upper Hunter Strategic Assessment, which the public still hasn't seen.
It’s the first mine to be assessed under the state's new Economic Assessment Guidelines, brought in to inject some long overdue reality into the way the NSW Government thinks about mining’s role in the economy.
It’s an exemplar of the rehabilitation gap. The United mine, one of the two proposing to expand with this project has been in “care and maintenance” since 2010, and was supposed to cease mining in 2012. Instead of cleaning up and closing, United has done no rehabilitation for more than a year, in anticipation of this project re-opening the site.
The community of Gloucester fought for many years to see off the threat of a coal seam gasfield next to their town. Their victory was an inspiration to others around the world.
But Gloucester's brave protectors barely had time to celebrate before a new threat (re)emerged. The Rocky Hill Project is a proposed 3-pit open cut coal mine just spitting-distance from residential areas of Gloucester. It threatens the health of local residents, and Gloucester's $50 million tourism industry.
A revised mine plan for Rocky Hill is now on public exhibition until 14th October. Do you have five minutes to join Gloucester residents and lodge a submission against the proposed mine?Read more
Wallarah 2 is a zombie coal mine. Residents of Wyong Shire have fought it off for years, fearing the risks to their health, and to the local drinking water supply. Rejected by the Labor government back in 2011, it came back from the dead only a year later with a "new" application (for the same coal mine).
All appeared lost for the mine proponent (Kores, owned by the Korean government) when the Darkinjung Aboriginal Land Council blocked the project in 2015, outraged at the arrogance shown to them by the company. But Wallarah 2 has refused to die, and now Kores have a new "amended" application in for the project - one that attempts to bypass the Darkinjung.
Public submissions are being accepted until Monday 5th September. Please use our easy guide below to lodge your objection.Read more
Stand with the Andrews Family to Save 'Tarwyn Park'
The Andrews family are graziers, horse-breeders and environmental trailblazers, who invented a system of repairing degraded landscapes known as ‘Natural Sequence Farming’.
But now Korean coal company KEPCO has purchased the iconic property “Tarwyn Park” in the Bylong Valley of NSW where they pioneered their extraordinary work on sustainable agriculture, and this magnificent property is destined to be ruined by an enormous open-cut and underground coal mine.
Peter Andrews has this week returned to the property with 20 horses to squat on it in protest at the loss of the incredible heritage and scientific values of the site.Read more
The community of Bulga has been done-over by an unfair system. Let's tell NSW Mining Minister Rob Stokes to fix it up.
The community of Bulga in the NSW Hunter Valley has fought for over six years to protect their village from the Warkworth coal mine. They won two court cases against the project, only to have their victories cruelly snatched away by an unfair and unjust NSW mine assessment system which is designed for just one thing: approving coal mines.
Currently there are some 50,000 abandoned mines across the country. The companies have simply walked away and left the sites un-rehabilitated. Some of the mines that have been abandoned are huge and the cost of repairing the land and water resources will run into billions of dollars.
Currently the NSW and Queensland Governments are approving the most enormous coal mines Australia has ever seen. The incredible scale of those mega-mines requires tougher rehabilitation requirements to ensure the Australian public isn’t left with the damage. When mining companies are granted permission to mine, they are also supposed to repair the damage from mining. However away from public scrutiny the regulators have allowed the industry to get away with second rate mine rehabilitation which has permanently scarred our landscape.Read more
On the driest inhabited continent on earth, where people and landscapes depend on vulnerable water resources, Australia needs laws that protect our water from coal and unconventional gas mining.
In the lead-up to the Federal election, will you join us in putting water on the national agenda? Will you be part of our #Water4Life16 campaign?
Lock the Gate Alliance has released a report which calculates that NSW taxpayers are losing out on $14M each year because the coal mining industry is allowed to pollute for free.
The report – titled ‘Freeloaders: Air and Water Pollution from Coal Mines in NSW’ - is the first ever to compare the total pollution discharged by coal miners for free with the costs borne by other industries who are forced to pay under the NSW load-based licensing scheme.