Relief for Farmers, Community As Department Rejects Acland Coal Mine

Published: February 14, 2018

Local farmers and community groups have welcomed the decision by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science (DES) to reject the Acland Stage 3 coal mine on the Darling Downs.

The decision follows a recommendation by the Land Court last year that an Environmental Authority should not be granted for the mine expansion primarily because of the impacts on groundwater, noise and intergenerational equity. 

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Public hearing for United Wambo super mine goes ahead despite crucial lack of information

Published: February 08, 2018

  • Lock the Gate accuses Department of Planning of bogus biodiversity offset “stitch-up” despite extinction risk
  • Opaque mine assessment process is failing to address cumulative impact

A public hearing for the latest large new coal mine proposed for the Hunter Valley will take place in Singleton today, despite crucial information not being available about the project’s cumulative impact, leading to accusations the Department of Planning is failing in its duty to the public

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Wollongong Coal shut down warning: Lock the Gate calls for decisive end to water catchment risk

Published: February 06, 2018

Lock the Gate Alliance has welcomed action by the NSW Government, who this week threatened to suspend Wollongong Coal mining operations, and called for action to cancel the mining licences permanently because the company is not fit to operate.

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Gas price report shows we need to cut exports, not ruin more farmland for gas - Lock the Gate

Published: February 05, 2018

A McKell Institute report released today, which finds gas prices are expected to rise leaving households to pay more for electricity, shows we need to stop exporting so much gas to reduce bills and protect farmland, says Lock the Gate Alliance.

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Out of touch spray at odds with community’s valid fracking concerns

Published: February 03, 2018

In response to the opinion piece by  Sky News’ Matt Cunningham in today’s Northern Territory News, Lock the Gate’s Naomi Hogan says:

“Criticising people who are asking the hard questions is not going to improve the fracking industry’s tattered reputation for callous disregard of community concerns.

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