Make Coal Giants Pay for Mine Clean-Up
Our new report – Abandoned Mines in Queensland: Toxic Time-bomb or Employment Opportunity? – calls for big mining companies to cover the cost of rehabilitating the State’s abandoned mines and estimates that this would generate 6000 jobs in regional Queensland!
There are too many large abandoned mines, and the full cost of cleaning them up is too large and should not fall on taxpayers. If mines are levied to pay for the clean up, they can also create jobs in the process.
Why should we miss out on hundreds of schools and hospitals because we’re footing the bill for the mess left behind by irresponsible mining companies?
- Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Report (pdf)
- ACF Mine Rehab Stories
- Abandoned Mines in Queensland Report
- NSW Coal Pit Legacy
- Mine Rehab Closure Cost Report
- Rhetoric Vs Reality. Rehab performance snapshot
We call on the NSW and Queensland Premiers to strengthen weak mining laws and force companies to honour their obligations to rehabilitate their mines. The following needs to be done:
- Increase the required deposit to cover rehabilitation costs
- Require all future mines to backfill their mining pits and protect water resources
- Establish an independent authority to monitor and enforce mine rehabilitation
- Penalise companies who breach rehabilitation requirements.
Together we can ensure that the mining industry is held to account and that our land and water resources are protected against abandoned mines.
Hunter Valley farmer Wendy Bowman has been awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for her extraordinary success in protecting her farm from being open cut for coal mining.
Will you help us amplify Wendy's win and shine a spotlight on the damage coal mining is doing to the Hunter Valley?
Wendy was forced to leave her land once due to a coal mine, but when they tried a second time on her next farm she stood her ground.
She has beaten a coal mining company in court, and now we need to change the law so no more Australian farmers are forced to move for coal mining.
Write a message to Australian politicians telling them to stop letting coal companies buy-up huge areas of farmland. In the Singleton Shire where Wendy farms, coal companies own 15% of all freehold land and 27% of all mapped strategic agricultural land.
When the government grants approval for a mine, they let them pollute the landscape with noise and air far beyond their own boundaries, forcing local people to sell up and leave. Wendy Bowman has stood her ground - support her courage today and help other Hunter farmers under threat.206 signatures
To: Barnaby Joyce, Niall Blair, Anthony Roberts, Australian and New South Wales Agrilculture and Planning Ministers,
I support Hunter Valley farmer Wendy Bowman in her fight to stop coal mines buying up and mining the best farmland in the Hunter Valley.
Our drinking water, our rivers and even our World Heritage areas are threatened by longwall coal mining in the greater Sydney region.
The agency that manages Sydney’s drinking water catchment sees longwall coal mining as one of the biggest threats to our water supply.
NSW’s Chief Scientist said that our catchment is the only publicly owned drinking water catchment in the world where coal mining is allowed.
A 2016 poll found that 84% of people in NSW want farmland, water and environment protected from coal mining and CSG.
But the Government is still giving the tick to coal mining in Sydney’s water catchment.
It’s time that Premier Berejiklian declared Sydney's drinking water catchment a no-go zone for coal and coal seam gas mining.
The map of coal mines beneath Sydney’s water...
Surrounding our vital reservoirs, are the Special Areas, usually kept clean and untouched, to act as natural filtration systems - except for longwall coal mining.
These dams shown above provide 20% of Sydney’s water. Swamps and rivulets currently provide water even during dry times to these dams - until they’re cracked forever from below.
#1. APPIN COAL MINE
Flammable methane leaking through Nepean River due to riverbed cracks caused by nearby longwall coal mining.
#2. METROPOLITAN COAL (PEABODY) MINE
Undermining Woronora Catchment
The once pristine waterway, Waratah Rivulet, in the Woronora Catchment Special Area which flows into Woronora Dam, was cracked and drained by mining in 2006.
#3. RUSSELL VALE COAL MINE
Undermining Cataract Catchment
WaterNSW was scathing about Wollongong Coal’s Russell Vale expansion plan: “The estimated water loss of 7.3 million litres per day is unacceptable, particularly during dry periods.”
#4. DENDROBRIUM COAL MINE
Undermining Cordeaux Catchment
Sept 2016 catchment inspection revealed newly cracked and drained creeks and dry wetlands. WaterNSW objected to a proposal lodged by Illawarra Coal, saying the risks to the Sydney water supply are “unacceptably high.” Recently, Professor Jim Galvin has warned of “potential permanent consequences for the Sydney Drinking Water Catchment Metropolitan Special Area.” A Department of Planning report has revealed that precious rainfall that should be feeding Sydney's dams and drinking water supply is being drawn into polluted mining voids underground.1,082 signatures
Demand that Premier Berejiklian protect Sydney's drinking water catchments.
Anna Ludowici donated 2017-04-20 19:12:38 +1000
Your regular donation will defend clean water and healthy communities from risky coal and gas mining!
Regular contributions give Lock the Gate the ability to plan and work effectively to prevent environmental damage and stop dangerous pollution from coal and gas expansion.
Anna Ludowici donated 2016-03-20 07:27:45 +1100
Please chip in to support the legal appeal on the Acland Stage 3 coal mine on the Darling Downs.
Last year, the Land Court found recommended against the mine because the impacts on groundwater would be too severe and the noise and dust impacts too great. You can read a short summary of the Land Court decision here. Then earlier this year, the Queensland environment department rejected an Environmental Authority for the mine.
But New Hope Coal appealed the Land Court decision, and the Supreme Court found in their favour, ruling that the Land Court did not have the jurisdiction to reject the mine on groundwater grounds.
That represents a major change in legal interpretation which will also mean groundwater can not be considered by the Land Court in future legal cases against coal mines.
However, local farmers have now lodged their own appeal to the Supreme Court decision, in a bid to stop this damaging project once and for all.
This legal challenge is the final hurdle. If the farmers succeed, then the project will be finished. Please chip in to help them get it across the line. It's a fight for the Great Artesian Basin and the right to protect groundwater statewide - and we can't afford to lose.Donate
Anna Ludowici donated 2015-08-31 20:32:29 +1000
We've run an advertisement in Mike Baird's local paper telling him about this letter and asking him to act urgently.
Donating just a small amount can help make that happen! Please chip in what you can, and we'll take the message straight to our decision-makers.
Thanks so much for taking the pledge and adding your voice to this incredibly important call for reform.
Anna Ludowici endorsed 2015-08-31 20:20:21 +1000
Bishops, wine-makers, livestock producers and conservationists have penned a joint letter to NSW Premier Mike Baird calling on him to protect our common home from a coal mining industry that is out of control. You can read the full text of the joint letter here
Our common home, our farmland, rivers, villages and bushland are being torn up or ruined for coal mining. How long are coal affected communities expected to wait for the Government to do something to fix up coal mining?
We've put an ad in Mike Baird's local paper, the Manly Daily, and want all of you to give him a call and add your voice to the push to reform coal mining and save our communities, landscapes and rural industries. Can you call him?