With the current expansion in unconventional gas extraction and open cut coal mining, the risk to Australia's land and water resources from mining has never been greater!
Our land under threat
Our best food-producing lands and our finest natural areas are at risk from unsafe coal and gas mining. The mining expansion that is occurring is unlike anything this country has ever seen before. Coal and gas exploration licences and applications cover almost 40% of Australia and there are plans to increase our coal exports and become the biggest gas exporter in the world. Read more about the places in Australia that are under threat from coal and gas mining.
Our water at risk
On the driest continent on earth, water is our most precious resource. Yet mining is placing our vital water supplies in jeopardy. Drinking water catchments, underground water resources, and many rivers and wetlands are at risk from coal and gas developments. Read more about our water resources that are under threat.
National mapping of coal and gas threat
Detailed mapping of licences Australia-wide reveals that 37.3% of Australia is covered by coal and gas licences and applications. That amounts to 285 million hectares - an area almost 13 times the size of Great Britain!
You can view a navigable map of licences across the country here.