Maules Creek mine clearing fears while plans and conditions fail

Published: February 11, 2016

Conservationists and local landholders around the Maules Creek area are crying foul that Whitehaven coal is planning to resume clearing the Leard State Forest while a long-overdue plan to preserve vanishing biodiversity in Leard State Forest is two years overdue and Government agencies fail to hold the company to its commitments.

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QRC’s Comments on Underground Coal Gasification ‘Reckless’

Published: February 11, 2016

Lock the Gate Alliance has today condemned the Queensland Resource Council’s support  for Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) in Queensland despite a history of disastrous environmental breaches in the state.

 

Lock the Gate Spokesperson Drew Hutton said two out of three UCG trials in Queensland had failed badly and there was track record of a large number of problems with the resource technology globally.

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NT Labor has strong support for a 5 year fracking ban: Darwin poll results

Published: February 11, 2016

New polling conducted across Darwin this week shows fracking is a massive issue for Territorians, with 84% of respondents concerned about impacts on water and pastoral stations.

Contrary to negative comments from the Giles Government, the polling provides strong backing for the Labor Party to adopt a minimum 5-year ban on the practice.

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Reports of Origin Energy cover-up of oil leak into Australia's most significant aquifer prompts calls for urgent inquiry

Published: February 08, 2016

Media reports today that Origin Energy allegedly allowed oil to leak into underground aquifers for more than a year, without coming clean to regulators or fixing the problem, merits an urgent Government inquiry, according to the Lock the Gate Alliance.

Lock the Gate spokesperson Phil Laird called for the Qld Government to step in immediately to stop work by Origin and ensure the safety of Australia’s largest underground water resource, the Great Artesian Basin, and local communities who may be in affected areas.

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QRC Report highlights urgent need for restructuring and investment in agriculture, renewables

Published: February 08, 2016

Revelations in a Queensland Resources Council report that a third of all Queensland coal mines are running at a loss highlights the urgent need for diversification of the Queensland economy to better support agriculture and renewable energy, according to the Lock the Gate Alliance.

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