NEW REPORT: 1,350 BILLION LITRES OF GROUNDWATER — 2 ½ SYDNEY HARBOURS — COULD BE LOST TO QLD MEGA COAL MINESPublished: September 24, 2013
A new report released today, written in consultation with former senior Queensland government officer Tom Crothers, who served as the state’s General Manager of Water Planning and Allocation, raises alarm bells on the potentially devastating cumulative impacts on the region’s groundwater resources from 9 proposed new mega coal mines in the Galilee Basin, Central Queensland.Read more
Once again, the criminal justice system has failed to address the scandalous state of the Queensland environmental regulatory system with regard to mining.
Retired Supreme Court judge, Mr Stanley Jones, was appointed by the CMC to investigate the complaints by Drew Hutton from the Lock the Gate Alliance and Simone Marsh, a former environmental assessor with the Coordinator-General.
Mr Jones made the puzzling decision not to investigate either the environmental or health impacts of the coal seam gas industry as these did not fall within the CMC’s jurisdiction.
Lock the Gate Alliance president, Drew Hutton, said it was not the environment as such that he should have looked at but the extent to which public servants acted within the framework of the Environmental Protection Act.Read more
The Lock the Gate Alliance has today released, for the first time, footage of a speech by Federal Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane, which reveals the massive back-flip he has done on coal seam gas (CSG) mining since the Federal election.
In the speech to a group of farmers in the Darling Downs in April this year, the Minister described his 'misgivings' about CSG on the Darling Downs and said the Coalition policy was to support farmers who chose to say 'no' to CSG mining on their properties.
He even takes credit, in the speech, for proposed new laws in NSW that would place a 2km exclusion buffer on CSG mining near townships, which contrasts starkly with his comments this week he wants to see 'every molecule' of gas extracted and he will personally drive the push to remove impediments to CSG in NSW.Read more
50 Brisbane community members have gathered outside the Land Court of Queensland today to show their support for three Alpha landholders, making their case against the Hancock coal ‘Alpha’ project.
The Lock the Gate Alliance today called on the Premier and State Government to stick to their word and protect strategic cropping land from coal and unconventional gas mining.
The Government is currently reviewing the Strategic Cropping Land Act and creating new Regional Plans for the Darling Downs and Central Queensland. In their current form, both of these pieces of legislation contradict LNP pre-election promises to “ensure there will be no open cut mining on strategic cropping land; and not allow underground mining, coal seam gas activity or other development on strategic cropping land if it is likely to have a significant, adverse impact on the productive capacity of that land to produce food and fibre in the future.”Read more