Maules Ck Coal Case Adjourned After Whitehaven Seeks Spring Clearing Offensive

The hearing on the Maules Ck Coal Mine scheduled for today has been adjourned following news that Whitehaven Coal have approached the NSW Government to have their contested management plan for the project varied and thus render the legal proceedings redundant.

This means that the Secretary of the Department of Planning and Environment must soon make a decision on whether to let Whitehaven change the rules and clear Leard Forest in spring when young native animals are likely to be killed in their nests.

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EPA gives Santos and AGL “blank cheque” on harmful pollutants

The Lock the Gate Alliance has revealed that the Environment Protection Agency has given Santos and AGL pollution licences for controversial coal seam gas exploration projects that impose no limit on the volume of toxic gases emitted into the air from flaring. The revelation comes just 36 hours after a gas leak at AGL’s Camden CSG operation, near Western Sydney homes. 

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Residents raise alarm as CSG well discharges gas 200m from houses

Last night residents at Spring Farm in greater Western Sydney raised the alarm when they observed gas discharging from an AGL CSG well just 200m from their homes in a local residential estate.

Lock the Gate Coordinator for western Sydney Dan Robins said residents heard a loud hissing noise coming from the CSG well yesterday evening and smelt a strong odour of gas inside their homes. 

AGL have since claimed that a 'safety release valve was activated' at the site, causing gas to escape, but haven't provided any further explanation.  Residents at the site are now demanding answers.

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Landholders celebrate Gasfield Free Declaration in Banjo’s “land of rock and scrub”

More than 55,000 ha will be added to the national tally of land declared Gasfield Free by local communities when the residents of Wandobah, near Gunnedah in NSW make their community declaration today, Sunday, August 31.

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Carmichael mine: still no answers on groundwater

An environmental approval has been issued to what will be the country’s largest and most damaging coal mine with key information and limits on groundwater impacts still yet to be understood, according to the Lock the Gate Alliance. 

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