The Lock the Gate Alliance has congratulated the people of north-west NSW who have launched a cultural heritage camp and workshop at Ten Mile Dam in the Pilliga Forest in response to the development of stage one of Santos’s Pilliga gasfield.
Last week, a peaceful picnic was held at the site of an area of forest being cleared to make way for new gas drilling, with picnickers stopping Santos’ exploration operations.Read more
The Lock the Gate Alliance has slammed the NSW Minister for Minister for Resources and Energy, Chris Hartcher for pressing ahead with moves to make economic interests the primary consideration for consent authorities dealing with coal mine applications, warning that it will exacerbate conflict in regional communities.
The Minister has announced this morning his intention to gazette changes to the State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) for mining that would see the ‘economic significance” of a coal resource trump water, biodiversity and community health in planning decisions.Read more
Lock the Gate Alliance has said they are “bitterly disappointed” by Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s decision, released late on Friday, to approve a huge new coal mine in the Galilee Basin despite new laws designed to protect water resources from coal and CSG projects.
“The approval of Kevin’s Corner is a slap in the face to everyone who celebrated the passing of the “water trigger” legislation earlier this year. This was the Abbott Government’s opportunity to break with the past and actually move to get the balance right when it comes to protecting our precious water.” Said Ellie Smith, Central Queensland coordinator for the Lock the Gate Alliance.Read more
Prime Minister, Tony Abbott must make good on promises made to the representative of Tara estates resident, Debbi Orr, that his government would protect people against coal seam gas development.
Mr Abbott met with Debbi Orr on Saturday in the small western Queensland town of Tara and heard how local residents felt their health had been affected by pollution from nearby coal seam gas fields and how the Queensland State Government had ignored them.Read more
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