Whitehaven Coal is seeking approval from the Independent Planning Commission for a huge new expansion of its Narrabri coal mine.
- This mine expansion will affect productive farmland and damage significant areas of the Pilliga forest, which is home to many threatened species;
- The Pilliga is Gomeroi country and damage from the mine will directly affect cultural values, including potential cracking and damage to a well-preserved grinding groove site.
- It will cause local farmers to lose precious groundwater, with at least nine farm bores and probably more being affected, and reduce the availability of water to parts of the Pilliga.
- It adjoins the Narrabri CSG project and will lead to massive cumulative impacts if both proceed.
- The project will release 34 million tonnes of greenhouse gases locally and a further 456 million tonnes when the coal is burnt, which will fuel climate change.
- It will become the second most polluting mine in NSW for direct greenhouse emissions and is inconsistent with NSW Government emission reduction targets for 2030 and 2050
- The local community is reeling from the social impacts of Whitehaven’s coal mines and made it clear to the company the project is too damaging and should not proceed.
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