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Make Coal Giants Pay for Mine Clean-Up

Our new report – Abandoned Mines in Queensland: Toxic Time-bomb or Employment Opportunity? – calls for big mining companies to cover the cost of rehabilitating the State’s abandoned mines and estimates that this would generate 6000 jobs in regional Queensland!

There are too many large abandoned mines, and the full cost of cleaning them up is too large and should not fall on taxpayers. If mines are levied to pay for the clean up, they can also create jobs in the process.

Why should we miss out on hundreds of schools and hospitals because we’re footing the bill for the mess left behind by irresponsible mining companies?



We call on the NSW and Queensland Premiers to strengthen weak mining laws and force companies to honour their obligations to rehabilitate their mines. The following needs to be done:

  1. Increase the required deposit to cover rehabilitation costs
  2. Require all future mines to backfill their mining pits and protect water resources
  3. Establish an independent authority to monitor and enforce mine rehabilitation
  4. Penalise companies who breach rehabilitation requirements.

Together we can ensure that the mining industry is held to account and that our land and water resources are protected against abandoned mines.

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