Report: Methane Emissions in QLD CSG fields.

vent.jpgThe main chemical component of coal seam gas (CSG) is methane. Methane is also a powerful greenhouse gas. As a chemical, methane is odourless, colourless, and invisible to the naked eye. These characteristics mean that methane released during industry gasfield operations can be readily overlooked, ignored, or hidden.

This report describes video recording methane emissions in the Queensland CSG fields using a FLIR GF-­‐320 infrared video camera. Download the Report Here.

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The Adani Legacy

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New analysis by Lock the Gate Alliance released today estimates that it would cost at least $1.5 billion to rehabilitate the Adani Carmichael coal mine in Central Queensland. Download the report here.

The Alliance has called for the bond to be paid upfront, to prevent Australian taxpayers bearing all the risks, because Adani Mining is in a parlous financial position and is only solvent due to support from its parent company in India

Read our earlier report which shows that the proposed rehabilitation of the Adani Carmichael coal mine will fail even mining industry standards.  The mine will leave 3,346 hectares (an area almost 30 times the size of the Brisbane CBD) as final voids - holes that will never be filled and will remain un-rehabilitated.

Download our report - Future Hazards: Will the Adani Carmichael Coal Mine Meet Mining Industry Rehabilitation Standards?

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CSG - Narrabri Gas Project

EIS-campaign-image.jpgThe Narrabri Gas Project is the largest development ever proposed under the modern planning system, and four times the size of the only other two CSG projects assessed and approved in NSW.

Santos proposes up to 850 wells on 425 well pads over 95,000 hectares. This is more than four times the size of either of the previously approved CSG projects in NSW. 

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Protect the Fraser Coast

mine-location2.jpgQueenland's incredible Fraser Coast is famous for it's amazing beaches, Fraser Island, pristine waterways, farmlands and cultural heritage.

Now wide areas surrounding Australia's favourite Island are at risk from unconventional gasfield exploration licenses and the Colton coal mine.

We need to stop gasfields and the Colton coal mine risking our land and water before it's too late!

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Save Wollar from Wilpinjong coal mine

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The close-knit community of Wollar in the upper Hunter Valley has already endured a decade of suffering from the nearby Wilpinjong coal mine. Now the mine owners want to expand the project to within 1.5km of the village, spelling the end for Wollar.

Even the NSW Government admits that approving the Wilpinjong mine expansion would kill off Wollar for ever. Sadly, it seems they don't care, with the NSW Planning Department recommending the mine be approved.

Please stand with the people of Wollar as they fight to save their community from coal mining.

 

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Minings Toxic Legacy

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Make a short submission to the Federal Inquiry into the failures of mine rehabilitation in Australia.

The Senate Environment and Communications Committee is conducting an Inquiry into the Rehabilitation of Mining and Resource Projects.

This is an important opportunity to expose the damage that has been caused by big mining in Australia.

The legacy they have left us is toxic waste, polluted waterways and ruined landscapes.

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Freeloaders: air and water pollution from NSW coal mines

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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.

 

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Ipswich Koala Hotspot

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A new report by the University of Queensland has found the koala population of the Ipswich region is a significant population for the conservation of this species in Australia.

The report found that the Ipswich region is home to an estimated population of up to 4,368 koalas.

The report was launched with the support of Taz, the koala detection dog who was part of a community koala survey in the area late last year.

Taz is an English springer spaniel, who was specially-trained to detect koala scat that were later analysed by scientists to determine the age, gender, health and genetic diversity of koalas.

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Defend Our Common Home

common_home_ad.jpgOver 7,000 people have endorsed our open letter to the Premier calling on him to protect New South Wales people and places from rampant coal mining. 

Now we need to step up our effort to make him act. 

We've placed an ad in his local paper, and are asking all of you to give him a call and ask him to act to relieve the suffering of people affected by coal mining in regional New South Wales.

Will you make the call?   

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Unconventional Gas Senate Inquiry Submission Guide

HAVE YOUR SAY! Submit to the Senate Inquiry on Unconventional Gas Mining in Australia. THE CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS 14th March 2016.

The Senate Select Committee is conducting a review of unconventional gas mining in Australia with a focus on ‘The adequacy of Australia‘s legislative, regulatory and policy framework for unconventional gas mining including coal seam gas (CSG) and shale gas mining…

This is an historic opportunity to get a national spotlight on the impacts of unconventional gas mining on human health, food production and the environment.

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