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
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.
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.Read more
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.
Please help! Make a submission.
The NSW Government is taking public comments on the proposed mine expansion until Thursday 10th March. It only takes a few minutes to lodge your objection to this project, here's how.Read more
Over 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.Read more
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.Read more
Right now in Australia, power companies such as AGL, Origin and EnergyAustralia are all investing their money in CSG mining. However, you don’t have to get your power from these suppliers! Energy provider Powershop provides a low cost alternative to pro-Coal Seam Gas (CSG) retailers.
Switching to Powershop will mean supporting a company who only invests in renewable energy sources. Switch your power provider today and say NO to coal seam gas!Read more
Korean power company Kepco has lodged an application with the NSW Government to develop a 6.5 million tonne coal complex comprising two open-cuts and an underground mine in the iconic and gorgeous Bylong Valley.
The government is taking public submissions on the company's Environmental Impact Statement until 6th November 2015. This is an important time to object to an utterly inappropriate mining project that would devastate the social and economic fabric of Bylong.Read more
Groundwater impacts of coal mining in the Galilee Basin
The Draining the Lifeblood report [PDF 4MB], and updated estimates of cumulative water impacts, raise alarm bells about the potentially devastating impacts on groundwater resources from 9 proposed new 'mega' coal mines in the Galilee Basin, Central Queensland. This report is the first to attempt an assessment of the likely cumulative impacts of all 9 mine proposals.
The report was released in September 2013 and new estimates of groundwater impacts have since been provided to the regulator.Read more
The coal seam gas (CSG) export industry in Australia is causing gas prices to rise. The construction of three CSG export plants in Queensland will allow CSG miners to export their gas and obtain much higher prices paid by the world market.
This means domestic prices will rise to match the world price. The increase in your gas bill in 2015 as a result of CSG exports will be up up to $162 per year for a household and $625 per year for a small business. Further increases are likely beyond 2016.Read more