We need the Premier to let the Land and Environment Court do its job when it comes to the Springvale coal mine and the protection of Sydney’s drinking water catchment.
In August, the NSW Court of Appeal ruled that the Springvale coal mine needed to comply with the requirement that all developments in Sydney’s drinking water catchment ensure they have a “neutral or beneficial effect” on the quality of the water in our pristine catchment.
The Land and Environment Court now needs to decide what orders to issue.
While it considers what to do, the mine is still operating, still sending coal to Mount Piper power station and the coal is still being burnt.
So why is the Government saying its going to rush legislation through parliament this week to let the Springvale coal mine off the hook and weaken drinking water protections?
We need to tell the Premier to let the Court do its work and not compromise Sydney’s drinking water for a rogue coal mine that should have cleaned up its act years ago.
Here are some tips:
The Springvale coal mine is still operating, and it and the power station has stockpiles of coal. There’s no need for rash action.
Keeping the catchment pristine is more important than letting a rogue coal mine off the hook for pollution. Please don’t weaken our laws to suit Springvale coal mine.
New South Wales is mining more coal than ever before. Please show some leadership and make Centennial Coal source coal from elsewhere if the Springvale mine needs to close. This is in the interests of protecting Sydney’s water.
This debacle is another case of poor government planning for energy and resources. How can we be mining more coal than ever before, and hearing alarm about shortages?
We need laws that make Sydney’s drinking water catchment a no-go zone for coal mining and a plan to secure affordable and reliable energy from renewable sources.
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