Miner pressing forward despite lack of approval and water worries

Published: August 07, 2013

GVK Hancock Coal have today published a public notice of application for mining lease and environmental authority for their proposed Kevin’s Corner mine, in the Galilee Basin, despite doubts being raised over the impacts of the mine on groundwater, and a Federal Government announcement that its decision on the mine will be delayed for ten weeks.

The public notice, printed in the CQ news, comes on the same day that the Federal Government has announced its own decision will not be made until 30th October, and just two weeks after it was decided that the new Federal “water trigger” will apply to the mine.

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Community groups reject coal wagon pollution study and announce plans to independently monitor particle pollution in Southern Queensland

Published: August 07, 2013

Community groups today announced their plans to monitor air quality along the West Moreton rail system to assess particle pollution from coal mines and trains. Their announcement comes in the wake of the ‘Western Metropolitan Rail Systems Coal Dust Monitoring Program’ report released by the Queensland Government yesterday.

The South Queensland Coal Health Action Network (SCAN), an alliance of community groups concerned about the health impacts of coal mining and transportation, will begin testing at a number of locations in the coming months, including Brisbane, Ipswich, and near South East Queensland coal mines.


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Good news for farmers: Ebenezer coal mine in doubt after CEO resignation

Published: August 07, 2013

The CEO and Managing Director of OGL resources has resigned from the would-be coal miner, only days after the company's agreement to purchase the Ebenezer coal project, expired.  Lock The Gate Alliance has called the outcome a win for people power and warned any other would be purchasers off the project, stating that it is a very risky venture that is staunchly opposed by local residents in the Bremer Valley, west of Ipswich.
Allan Fidock resigned from the company shortly after midday yesterday, less then a week after announcing that the deadline for making good on the purchase agreement with Zedemar Holdings had lapsed and whilst still facing the possibility of a further legal challenge against the mine, this time to the High Court of Australia.

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Landholder Faces Down Miner Despite Laws Stacked Against Him

Published: August 06, 2013

Jacko_Sim_Web.jpgA North Queensland Grazier has been threatened with compulsory mediation and could face up to $55,000 in fines for refusing to allow mining company, Guildford Coal, to undertake coal exploration activities on his property.

Jack (Jacko) Sim, from the Hughenden area, attended a meeting with Department of Natural Resources and Mines officers and Guildford coal staff, this week, where he informed them of his reasons for refusing access to his property.


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Published: August 05, 2013

Farmers’ livelihoods at risk as 9 coal mega mines are planned for Galilee Basin

Drawdown_Graph_to_June.jpgNew data collected on a farm adjoining two coal mines in Central Queensland shows that groundwater drawdown from mining in the area is five times worse than was originally predicted by the mining companies Rio Tinto Coal Australia and BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance.

Emerald wheat farmer, Paul Murphy, has for the first time today released independent monitoring data from a purpose built monitoring bore installed on his property to test the impacts of nearby coal mining on his groundwater. 

The results raise major concerns about the potentially devastating impacts on water resources of nine proposed new mega-mines in Queensland’s Galilee Basin.  In particular, Lock The Gate Alliance is calling for the Minister to delay a decision on the Kevin's Corner coal mine near Alpha, due this week, to properly assess water impacts as required by the new Federal water trigger.


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