On the driest continent on earth, water is our most precious resource. Despite this, the current mining boom is putting at risk our drinking water catchments, our underground water resources, and our rivers and wetlands.
Hunter River and alluvial aquifers - the Hunter Valley is a highly productive agricultural area in part because of the security and cleanliness of its water. Research by Lock the Gate has shown this is being put at risk by extensive open cut coal mining.
Sydney Drinking Water Catchment - The catchment provides clean drinking water to over 4 million people but it is at risk from 8 underground coal mines which have already caused cracking and pollution of creeks, and new plans for coal seam gas mining.
Fitzroy River Catchment, Queensland - This catchment supplies water to Rockhampton and is a major estuary flowing into the Great Barrier Reef, but it is threatened by over 30 coal mines and escalating coal seam gas mining which have approvals to dump wastewater into the system.
Condamine River - Over 20 million litres of wastewater is being discharged by coal seam gas miners into the Condamine River each day and the river has recently been seen 'bubblng like a spa bath' after nearby coal seam gas mining.
Dawson River, Floodplains and Wetlands - The Dawson faces multiple heavy threats, including plans for an enormous dam to supply water for coal mines, the discharge of coal seam gas wastewater, and proposals for massive open-cut coal and coal seam gas mining in catchment areas.
Great Artesian Basin - The Basin, which covers 22% of Australia and is the only reliable source of water across vast areas, is threatened by coal seam gas mining which allows drilling into Basin aquifers or right through the Basin, risking dewatering or contamination.