The Lock the Gate Alliance has called on the NSW Government to confirm landholder’s right of veto to coal and gas companies in NSW land access arrangements, saying the government must respect the will of the community.
This comes as the NSW’s governments Draft Land Access Code consultation period closed yesterday. The consultation process drew a storm of protest when it emerged that the Land and Water Commissioner, Jock Laurie, was conducting private meetings with a number of peak industry bodies in order to sign off on the draft code.Read more
Protestors today have launched a blockade at the site of Whitehaven’s controversial Maules Creek coal project in North West NSW, turning back vehicles seeking to clear the forest for construction of rail infrastructure.Read more
A crucial review of Whitehaven Coal’s biodiversity offsets for their controversial Maules Creek coal mine project should be made public immediately, according to an environment group that has alleged the offset commitments made by the company were based on false information.Read more
The Northern Inland Council for the Environment has expressed deep disappointment with the loss of its legal challenge against the Whitehaven Maules Ck Coal mine, and said the ruling highlighted the failures of Federal environment laws.
In a judgement handed down this afternoon, the Federal Court ruled that the approval of the Maules Ck coal mine by former Environment Minister, Tony Burke, was valid and dismissed the challenge that had been brought by the Northern Inland Council for the Environment.