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.
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