Origin Energy are lining up to frack the Northern Territory this year, and in the firing line are some magical places, including recharge zones of Mataranka Hot Springs.
Traditional Owners have told us that Origin Energy has ignored their concerns about fracking and not properly laid out the risks involved.Fracking the NT would be a disaster for the landscape, communities and waterways. Plus it would unleash massive emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas, and fuel global warming.
We need to build a powerful movement of people willing to spread the word and take on Origin at every level, from their head offices to their board rooms.6,239 signatures
I will stand up and be a part of the massive people-powered movement to stop Origin Energy’s plans to frack the Territory.
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The Proposed Hume Coal Mine
Hume Coal want to open a new coal mine in Sutton Forest, near Berrima. This mine is in the wrong place. Hume Coal are proposing a six-storey, 800 metre long coal stockpile will be located near the villages of Berrima, New Berrima and Medway.
An independent water study, peer reviewed by the Water Research Lab at the University of New South Wales, estimates that the groundwater will be lowered by up to 150m over an area of 200 sq. km.
Hume Coal admits to a 90m drawdown over the mined area but acknowledge that water drawdown impacts extend 5km or more beyond the mine, an area of over 300 sq. km.
Local drinking water and feeder streams could suffer from significant water loss affecting the adjacent Medway Reservoir which supplies approximately 8,200 residents in Berrima, Bowral and Mittagong with their drinking water. The project would be yet another new mine in the Sydney Water Catchment, damaging the catchment and permanently costing us fresh drinking water.
Coal train loading facilities at the stockpile, operating 24/7 moving coal from the coal stockpile through the quiet rural villages of the Southern Highlands to Port Kembla, spreading dust, noise and disrupting usual train services.
We have until Friday 30 June to inundate the Government with submissions showing the size, strength and diversity of opposition to yet another new coal mine proposed inside Sydney’s drinking water catchment. Can you join us?230 sign up!s
Can you help us oppose Hume Coal’s project?
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.
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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?
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The Federal Government wants to strip away the rights of communities to object to dangerous mining projects by ripping up our basic legal rights and putting national assets like the Liverpool Plains and Great Barrier Reef at risk.
But Alan Jones has put the Government on notice, and joined us to demand they take this divisive plan off the table. Can you chip in get this TV Ad played on Sky News next week and send the Federal Parliament a message they can't ignore?
With your help we can make sure each and every Federal politician hears the powerful voice of Alan Jones blaring through their parliamentary offices this coming week, as they return for the first time after the Parliamentary break.Donate
By chipping in now, you will be asking them directly to stand up for communities and defend Australia from reckless coal and gas mining giants who are putting our nation at risk. All we're asking for is a fair go, and the basic right to be heard in a court of law.
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Can you make a contribution to save the magnificent natural icons of the Northern Territory that are under threat from fracking?
World-renowned tourist destinations like the recharge zone of the Mataranka Hot Springs are at risk from fracking right now.
The NT Government has lifted the moratorium on fracking, and now the gas industry plans to push ahead fast with exploratory fracking.
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Funds raised will be used to inform Northern Territory communities about the impacts of fracking and to support local community groups working to protect our national treasures.
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Donate to support the Frack Free Kimberley campaign!
The Kimberley has been identified as one of the most prospective regions in the world for shale gas production. Up to 40,000 wells could be drilled and fracked if the unconventional gas industry goes to full production in the region.
Broome community members and local Traditional Owners like Micklo Corpus are at the forefront of the struggle to protect the Kimberley from the inevitable destruction that would accompany fracking and shale gas production. Can you support them by donating to keep the Kimberley frack free?
Your donation will go directly to the front line of people working to protect the iconic Kimberley landscapes at risk from fracking. All money raised will be used by Lock the Gate to:
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