Save Sydney’s drinking water – support the first ever legal test of the impacts of water pollution from longwall coal mining on Sydney’s drinking water catchment.
A landmark hearing in the NSW Land and Environment Court starting this Monday on the 9th May, will be the first ever legal test of the impacts of water pollution from longwall coal mining on Sydney’s drinking water catchment.
Right now 19 megalitres a day of toxic mine water pollutes the Coxs River. This river is part of our water supply but its flow is mostly toxic mine water below the mine. Centennial has approval of facilities that can pump 30 megalitres a day of mine water into our drinking water.
Rally in support of 4Nature's court case challenging Centennial Coal's pollution of Sydney’s drinking water. Show your support. The Springvale discharge contaminates our drinking water and a World Heritage river.
Help ensure Sydney’s tap water remains amongst the best in the world, stop the mine waste contamination.
The environment group challenging the expansion - 4Nature - will argue that the consent authority was in breach of s10 of the NSW State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Drinking Water Catchment) 2011 when it approved the mine. Section 10 requires that:
A consent authority must not grant consent to the carrying out of development under Part 4 of the Act on land in the Sydney drinking water catchment unless it is satisfied that the carrying out of the proposed development would have a neutral or beneficial effect on water quality.
Bring placards and small banners.
Slogans: Toxic mine water not for drinking; Pure Water, not Mine Effluent; World Heritage, not waste water; Mine water out of World Heritage; Coxs River - not a drain; Save Sydney's drinking water from Centennial.