Seeney backflips on promise to protect landholders from multiple coal rail line developments

Published: May 22, 2014

Lock the Gate has called on Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney, to end the deceit after he announced, yesterday his support for three rail lines connecting the coal mines in the Galilee Basin to Abbot Point, reversing his promise of June 2012 to limit rail developments to two lines.

"Jeff Seeney promised only two lines in June 2012 in response to widespread concern about the impact of multiple rail proposals on grazing properties, wildlife and horticulture throughout Central Queensland," said Ellie Smith, Central Queensland Coordinator for the Lock the Gate Alliance.

 

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Farmers Take Santos to Court in Search for Answers on Bore Water Contamination

Published: May 21, 2014

Farmers in north-west NSW have today launched legal proceedings to force CSG company Santos to produce all of the information it holds relating to possible contamination of two water bores on a farmers property, south of Narrabri.

In 2012, a farmer whose land adjoins a Santos CSG site, found that his household drinking bore had turned foul and he has not been able to use it again.  Another bore on the property, closer to the CSG site, has also shown effects of possible contamination.

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Coal dust is a serious health hazard – with worse to come

Published: May 21, 2014

Every year 3,500 uncovered coal trains carrying nine million tonnes of coal, rumble through Brisbane on their way to the port near Wynnum, spewing coal dust throughout the suburbs.

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CSG export push will increase household gas bills by up to $162 per year

Published: May 21, 2014

Domestic consumers and Australian manufacturing industries are being forced to pay higher prices for gas just to meet the CSG industry’s push to export product overseas, the Lock the Gate Alliance says in its submission to IPART today.

The submission lifts the lid on the CSG industry’s spin that gas shortages are driving price hikes and calls for IPART to amend its draft decision and reject the price increases sought by gas retailers.

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Queensland Government prioritises mines over agricultural land: new evidence

Published: May 20, 2014

The Queensland Government is sacrificing valuable agricultural land to the coal industry and has scrapped laws that once prevented this from happening.

The Lock the Gate Alliance spokesperson, Ellie Smith said half of Queensland’s $766 million agricultural production in 2010 to 2011 came from the Central Highlands region.

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