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Coal mine expansions threaten our land, water and future.

If New South Wales citizens are to avoid worsening extreme weather events, like floods, droughts and fires, then there can be no new coal mine expansions.

But coal companies want to pour fuel on the climate fire. They have plans for up to 19 new coal mine expansions in NSW.


Proposed expansions
19
Total coal
872 Mt
Total emissions
2.2 Gigatonnes *

* If approved, the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from these coal expansions would be equivalent to 17 years of NSW annual emissions. (2.2 gigatonnes equates to 2.2 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gases.)

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NSW can’t meet climate goals, and neither can Australia or the globe, if these mines go ahead.

The NSW Premier and his Ministers can take action to ensure these projects do not go ahead.

Ask the NSW Government to stop approving coal expansions



HVO Continuation Project
Nearest major town: Singleton


Yancoal/Glencore Joint Venture
Biggest NSW coal expansion since Paris Agreement.
1,202 Mt lifecycle greenhouse gases.
Adds to poor air quality in the Hunter, 164 exceedances of regional air quality targets this year to date.


Moolarben OC3 Extension
Nearest major town: Mudgee


Yancoal
Clearing habitat ‘critical to survival’ of the Koala will ‘significantly contribute’ to extinction of Regent honeyeater and other wildlife.
65 Mt lifecycle greenhouse gases.


Boggabri Modification 8
Nearest major town: Boggabri


Idemitsu
Recently forced into undertaking due to illegal take of water.
Expected water use beyond what will be legally available. 
63 Mt lifeycle greenhouse gases.


Ulan Mod 6 Underground Extension
Nearest major town: Mudgee


Glencore
Subsidence causing damage to The Drip, iconic sandstone waterfall.
65 Mt lifecycle greenhouse gases.


Rix’s Creek North Continuation
Nearest major town: Singleton


Bloomfield
Adds to poor air quality in the Hunter, 164 exceedances of regional air quality targets this year to date.
150 Mt potential lifecycle greenhouse gases.


Maules Creek Continuation
Nearest major town: Narrabri


Whitehaven Coal
Extensive further clearing of critically endangered bushland.
248 Mt of potential lifecycle greenhouse gases.


Mt Arthur Modification 2
Nearest major town: Muswellbrook


BHP
Four years extension.
193Mt potential lifecycle emissions.

Newstan Mine Extension Project
Nearest major town: Toronto


Centennial Newstan
Subsidence risk to Eraring power station and its toxic coal ash dam.
65 Mt lifecycle greenhouse gases.


Chain Valley Colliery Consolidation
Nearest major town: Wyong


Delta Coal
Two years extension.
25 Mt lifecycle greenhouse gases.


Angus Place West
Nearest major town: Lithgow


Centennial Coal
~ 15 Mt potential lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions.

Coming soon: Wilpinjong extension
Nearest major town: Mudgee


Peabody
Impacts unknown

Clarence MOD 8
Nearest major town: Lithgow


A 3 year extension is proposed from 2026 to 2029.


Clarence Continuance Project
Nearest major town: Lithgow


Centennial Coal
~ 15 Mt potential lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions.

Ulan West Continued Operations
Nearest major town: Mudgee


Glencore
Impacts unknown

Glendell Mine Modification 5
Life Extension


Two year extension proposed. A larger extension was refused by the NSW IPC (October 2022)


Russell Vale Mod 2
Mine plan reorientation & coal increase


Proposal to increase production and extend mine life by 1.5 years.

Metropolitan Mod 4
Longwall 317 and 318 Modification


Proposal to mine an additional longwall in a sensitive area of Sydney’s water catchment.

Mount Pleasant Modification 7
Nearest major town: Muswellbrook


6 year extension and an increase in coal production proposed.


Tahmoor South Mod 3
Longwall S7A


14 month extension of mining proposed.

 



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Clearing important wildlife habitat
Taking or harming water resources
Damage to iconic landscape
Subsidence risk
Large amount of greenhouse gases
Worsening air quality
Project impacts as yet unknown


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* As at 30 October 2023 no information is available regarding likely GHG emissions of the following expansion projects on our list: Wilpinjong Extension Project, Clarence MOD 8, Clarence Continuance Project and Ulan West Continued Operations. GHG emissions from these projects - if developed, assessed and approved - will be additional to the 2 gigatonnes of lifetime emissions listed above.

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NSW Coal Watch: Don’t pour fuel on the climate fire

To Premier Chris Minns

Cc Ministers Penny Sharpe, Paul Scully, Courtney Houssos

Don’t pour fuel on the climate fire

Citizens of NSW are already living with the devastating effects of the climate crisis, in the form of fires, floods and heatwaves that threaten our families.

But coal companies want to pour fuel on the fire. They have plans for more than 19 new coal mine expansions in NSW that would produce lifecycle greenhouse gases 15 times as big as our state’s current emissions.

The proposed Hunter Valley Operations Continuation Project (HVO) near Singleton in the Hunter Valley would be the biggest coal project in NSW since the Paris Agreement in 2016.

We’re asking you to put climate action first, scrap pro-coal policies that facilitate coal approvals and stop greenlighting coal expansions.

Will you sign?