Traditional owners, wine-makers, Bulga residents, and their supporters will hold a rally in opposition to the proposed Warkworth coal mine expansion in Singleton this morning, coinciding with the opening of the NSW Planning and Assessment Commission's public hearings into the project.
The rally begins at 8am outside the Singleton Heights Diggers Club, and will be followed by a two-day public hearing on Rio Tinto's proposed mine by the Commission.
The law firm acting for Rio Tinto, Minter Ellison, told the State Government last year that it believed re-lodging an application for the extension of the Warkworth mine in the Hunter Valley after approval for it had been overturned by the Land and Environment Court would be "unlawful."
A new report outlining what a ‘world class’ regulatory regime for coal seam gas would look like for NSW was released by the EDO NSW this week.
The NSW Government has committed to ‘world class’ laws to protect water, natural assets, farmland and community health from the impacts of coal seam gas activity.
The Review of NSW Coal Seam Gas and International Best Practice report, produced by environmental law experts, EDO NSW, provides direction on what is happening with the regulation of unconventional gas mining in other countries around the world.
The Cooper's Creek Protection Group has lent its support to the Mithaka people in the Channel Country who are seeking UN intervention in a battle over oil and gas development in the Lake Eyre Basin.
Spokesperson Dr Bob Morrish said that like the Channel Country's traditional owners, local pastoralists had been shut out of the Western Rivers consultation process.
While the world moves on from fossil fuels, the State Government continues to stick its collective heads in the sand with the approval of the South Galilee mine in Central Queensland.
The Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney’s media release talks up another coal mine as a good thing for Queensland, despite its negative impacts on the economy, the environment, food lands, water resources, air quality and communities.