Three Southern Downs’ communities move to protect their land and livelihoods from invasive mining

Three Southern Downs’ communities - Goomburra, Allora and Berat  - on the weekend overwhelmingly declared themselves coal mine and gasfield free at celebration at the historic Goomburra Hall.

Comprehensive grassroots door-to-door surveys resulted in an average of 92 per cent of landholders agreeing that they wanted to live in coal mine and gasfield free communities.

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Pathetic response from State Government to dangerous methane blast at Western Downs

Western Downs landholders say the State Government’s response to two high-concentration methane blasts near Wandoan was “pathetic”.

Shay Dougall from the Hopeland Community Sustainability Group demanded to see the company's risk assessment for the public and livestock and asked why the government was answering for the company about the blasts.

Origin Energy has twice released very large volumes of gas from 90 km of pipeline in order to replace a faulty valve. The first occasion was May 25 and the most recent, shown here in video footage, https://www.dropbox.com/s/agllqdtqqifi377/gas%20let%20off%20and%20Neville.mp4?dl=0 happened on July 13.

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Western Downs’ landholders to give evidence at Senate Hearing in Brisbane tomorrow

Western Downs’ farmers impacted by invasive coal seam gas projects look forward to giving evidence at Monday’s public enquiry into landholders’ rights to refuse to have mining companies on their properties.

Witnesses to give evidence at the Senate Hearing include Hopeland Community Sustainability Group spokesperson, Shay Dougall and Chinchilla farmers, George and Pam Bender.

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Midwest communities cautiously celebrate decision to abort fracking well

Frack Free Mid West Gascoyne Alliance has welcomed a decision by oil and gas company AWE to abandon plans to frack its Drover 1 well south-east of Green Head.

Frack Free Mid West Gascoyne Coordinator Jo Franklin said the decision, announced to the stock exchange today, was a victory for the community and for common sense.

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Yancoal job cuts follow expansion approval: systemic adjustment needed

Lock the Gate Alliance says the announcement by Yancoal Australia of over 200 job cuts at its Austar and Abel coal mines in the Hunter region shows the urgent need for structural adjustment in the thermal coal mining sector, as the local industry flounders in response to the structural decline of thermal coal globally. 

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