No-go areas for mining needed at exploration stage
The Lock The Gate Alliance has called on the O'Farrell Government to accept the recommendations of today's Independent Commission Against Corruption report, and create no-go areas for mining at the exploration stage.
The ICAC report was prepared in response to corrupt behaviour by politicians and coal companies surrounding the allocation of coal mine Exploration Licences (EL) at Mount Penny, Doyles Creek, Yarrawa, and Glendon Brook, all in the Hunter Valley. It makes 26 recommendations for reform of the system of EL allocation in NSW, to prevent corruption from occurring again.Read more
The Lock the Gate Alliance congratulates three remarkable rural women campaigning to stop invasive industrial coal and gas mining who have been recognised on the honour roll of “hidden treasures” launched at the NSW Rural Women’s Gathering in Scone last weekend.Read more
The Lock the Gate Alliance says the next 24 hours will see a test of Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s commitment to protecting water resources from coal mining, as a decision falls due on the Kevin’s Corner mine proposed for the Galilee Basin.The mine had the new “water trigger” applied a fortnight ago under the Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act, but no further information has been since been released about the assessment of the mine’s impact on water resources.Read more
Federal Resources Minister Ian Macfarlane has revealed an arrogance and disdain for regional communities impacted by coal mining, according to the Lock The Gate Alliance. The Minister's comments, suggesting that Hunter Valley residents should “stop complaining” about coal mining or leave the region, were made to a mining industry conference in Sydney yesterday.
“Minister Macfarlane is completely out of touch with the reality faced by coal-affected communities in the Hunter,” said Steve Phillips, regional coordinator for the Lock The Gate Alliance. “His comments yesterday were arrogant, ill-informed, and offensive.”Read more
The Lock the Gate Alliance has issued a call to action to regional and rural Queenslanders as the Government embarks on an unprecedented assault on the countryside.
The government has today released a review of the Strategic Cropping Land Act that proposes repealing the legislation, less than two years after it came into force. This move comes off the back of new rules to speed up coal exploration and lock in regional plans that include no provision for protection of vital water resources from coal and gas mining.Read more