O'Farrell must cancel ICAC leases and open broad inquiry into coal development in NSW

Published: July 31, 2013

The O'Farrell Government must immediately cancel corrupt coal licences and mining development applications, following detailed revelations of corruption by the ICAC, according to the Lock The Gate Alliance.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption's Operation Jasper investigated the corrupt dealings surrounding the awarding of coal exploration leases at Mt Penny, near Bylong; at Yarrawa, near Denman; and at Glendon Brook, near Singleton. Cascade Coal currently have a coal mine development application for Mt Penny before the NSW Planning Minister, Brad Hazzard.

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Alliance seeks assurance on coal mines that threaten aquifers

Published: July 30, 2013

In the wake of recent changes to Federal environment laws designed to protect water resources from coal mining and coal seam gas development, the Lock the Gate Alliance has written to the Federal Government seeking information about three controversial Queensland coal developments which, it says, have not properly addressed their water impacts.

The Alliance says the three projects will be the first major tests of the operation of the new water resource amendments to Federal environment laws, and if the projects are allowed to proceed without any further study it will throw doubt over the value of the law changes.

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NSW Government to rig system for the mining industry

Published: July 29, 2013

Amendments to a state environmental planning policy released for comment for just two weeks present a radical departure from balanced decision-making in consideration of coal mining applications, says the Lock the Gate Alliance.

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Published: July 29, 2013

The Lock The Gate Alliance has labelled the new $5M advertising campaign by the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) as a re-hashed scare campaign that is both misleading and insulting to Australians trying to protect their land and water from CSG mining.

"The CSG companies are trying to scare the Australian people into submission - vilifying farmers who stand up against them and demanding that they have unfettered access to our best farmland and water resources" said Drew Hutton, President of Lock The Gate Alliance.

"This is a classic case of over-reach - APPEA are even opposed to new Federal laws which simply require CSG companies to assess their impacts on water resources before they start drilling.

"This APPEA campaign is basically trying to undermine our democratic processes by throwing buckets of money into advertising in the lead-up to the Federal election.

"What APPEA won't tell us in their $5M advertising spend is that the vast majority of profits they produce go to overseas shareholders.

"What they won't tell us is that their plans to export vast quantities of CSG for export will actually limit gas supply in Australia and dramatically increase the prices we pay for gas here.

"In fact, it is the CSG companies themselves who will be driving up energy prices and the cost of living in Australia - but they are accusing farmers of this.

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Published: July 19, 2013

A local environment group from north-western NSW has today lodged a legal challenge in the Federal Court against approval of the Whitehaven Maules Ck coal mine, near Narrabri, and the neighbouring Idemitsu Boggabri coal mine.

Both mines were approved by the Federal Environment Minister in February 2013 and his decisions are now being challenged by the Northern Inland Council for the Environment under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

"We are challenging the approval of the Maules Ck and Boggabri coal mines because of the dodgy process by which they were approved and the devastating impacts they will have" said Phil Spark, spokesperson with the Northern Inland Council for the Environment.

"The decision to approve these highly controversial mines was made in haste, after documents were leaked and on the basis of potentially false or misleading information.

"The mines together will clear almost 1,500 hectares of the Box-Gum critically endangered ecosystem - one of the most threatened ecosystems in Australia.

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