Coal = Climate Change: No New Coal!
The coal rush is driving dangerous climate change. The Greens, environmental groups and communities are campaigning to halt the expansion of the coal industry and coal-fired power stations in NSW, and to stop mining damage to rivers, water resources and the environment.
MACARTHUR HERITAGE LECTURE SERIES 2010
Information Night on BHP Billiton's Bulli Seam Project - click here for more details
Coal and health study for Upper Hunter
On 21 April 2010 the government failed to support a Greens motion calling for a comprehensive population health study to assess the impact of the coal and power industries in the Hunter as well as adequate air quality monitoring stations ... visit the coalhealthstudynow! website
Land Access Bill
The NSW Government's Land Access Bill passed in May 2010 did the mining industry's bidding by overturning a recent Supreme Court decision that upheld Caroona farmers' right to deny BHP Billiton access to their land to explore for coal.
No new coal-fired power stations in NSW
The NSW government is pressing ahead with plans to sell-off NSW’s electricity retailers and control over the state’s coal-fired power stations, and lure private investors into building two massive new coal-fired power stations, increasing NSW's electricty carbon emission by at least 18%. The Greens are calling on the Keneally government to dump the power station proposals and instead create a renewable energy future for this state ... more
Stop runaway coal expansion
The coal industry in NSW has burgeoned in recent years. 12 new coal mines were approved in 2008 and there are over 30 proposed coal expansion slated for NSW in 2010. The NSW Labor Government has no credibility on climate change for as long as it drives the runaway expansion of the coal industry. The government should lead a transition to clean, renewable energy and jobs ... more
Greens media releases and articles:
Greens MP and mining spokesperson Lee Rhiannon has called on the Minister for Planning to reject three new mining proposals for the Integra, Ashton and Ravensworth mines in the face of today's findings of the Camberwell Cumulative Impact Review which show unacceptable health impacts. The Greens have renewed their calls for an independent, cumulative study across the Upper Hunter to examine the health impacts of the rapidly expanding coal and power industries.
Information Night on BHP Billiton's Bulli Seam Project - if approved, it will be the largest underground coalmine in Australia, covering 220 sq kms, and will operate over the next 30 years. This massive mining proposal seriously threatens the Georges River and will also have impacts on the Nepean River, the Upper Cataract and the Woronora Rivers, all within Sydney's vital drinking water catchment.
Government MPs, the Shooters Party and Rev Fred Nile today indicated they will vote against a Greens bill in the NSW Upper House designed to protect prime agricultural land from mining. Greens MP Lee Rhiannon said farming communities from the Gloucester and Liverpool Plains regions would be understandably disappointed at the outcome.
Greens MP and mining spokesperson Lee Rhiannon has called on the Coalition and crossbench MPs in the NSW Upper House to vote against the Land Access Bill that promotes the interests of mining companies over land holders in the exploration phase of any NSW mining operation. (SMH, page 8, http://bit.ly/bIMr3R)
Greens MP and health spokesperson Lee Rhiannon said the major parties' vote yesterday against her motion in NSW Parliament calling for a comprehensive population health study to investigate the links between the Hunter and Lithgow region's coal and power industries and poor health outcomes exhibited a lack of real commitment to the issue (extract from motion below).