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.
Laura Mooney donated 2015-10-22 22:44:45 +1100
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.
Laura Mooney endorsed 2015-10-22 22:43:09 +1100
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?
Laura Mooney donated 2015-10-14 13:47:26 +1100
We’re running this ad on television in New England in the lead up to the Harvest Festival protesting the Shenhua Watermark mine, and asking Environment Minister Greg Hunt to revoke its approval. Can you chip in and help us?
If you can spare the time, and want to show your support to the Liverpool Plains farming community, why not head out to the Harvest Festival on 6-8 November, to see the gorgeous Plains for yourself and meet the people on the front line of this battle for the future of New South Wales' food bowl.Donate