$5,410.00 raisedGOAL: $10,000.00
Due to the existing gas pipeline, the Mid West is one of the first targets for the fracking industry in WA. One drill rig has just arrived at a spot east of Dongara. It will explore for tight gas.
If we do nothing, it won’t be long before we have fracking gasfields spread across our food bowls and drinking water catchments.
Local communities have developed a plan, but need your financial support to fight back. The plan includes ways to get the message out more widely, producing independent scientific reports, mapping, holding town hall meetings, advertising and meeting with decision makers.
Simone van Hattem donated 2018-06-21 16:14:42 +1000
We are at a crucial moment in the campaign to protect WA from fracking. The Inquiry could report any time from August with an approval to frack following quickly.
The unconventional gas industry is exploring in many new areas and the Government is providing funds to promote and accelerate exploration.
We need to drastically increase our impact in the next 6 months and massively increase the pressure on the WA Government in order to achieve our goals.
In particular, we want to:
1. Organise a major event in Perth in late 2018 to demonstrate widespread opposition to fracking in WA, with a strong contingent from the Mid West
2. Ramp up the number of communities who have conducted surveys and declared themselves Gasfield Free.
In order to achieve this, we are seeking to raise funds to engage a Midlands Coordinator to help take the campaign to the next level.Donate
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?
- Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Report (pdf)
- ACF Mine Rehab Stories
- Abandoned Mines in Queensland Report
- NSW Coal Pit Legacy
- Mine Rehab Closure Cost Report
- Rhetoric Vs Reality. Rehab performance snapshot
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:
- Increase the required deposit to cover rehabilitation costs
- Require all future mines to backfill their mining pits and protect water resources
- Establish an independent authority to monitor and enforce mine rehabilitation
- 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.