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Game over for coal seam gas

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

The Australian Greens are calling to halt unconventional gas extraction right across the country after the contamination of groundwater from Santos' operation in north-western NSW. "20 times the safe limit of uranium in the water there. That's a shocking finding that demonstrates the extreme danger to communities posed by coal seam gas extraction," said Greens Leader Christine Milne. "The… Read More

Morwell ash ‘has to be experienced to be believed’ – Barber

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber, in Morwell on Friday, says the community wants urgent answers on the health risks of the ash raining on the town from the Hazelwood coal mine fire. "The ash from the Hazelwood fire is raining down on Morwell and it has to be experienced to be believed. People are walking the streets in surgical masks, it's in your eyes, it's working its way inside every building. I can feel it as grit between my teeth," said Greg Barber MLC "Two weeks… Read More

Polls show CSG opposition that Abbott can’t ignore

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Polls out today show strong community opposition to CSG in New South Wales and the Abbott Government needs to start listening, say the Australian Greens. “According to Lock the Gate’s poll, 84% of NSW respondents support a ban on CSG on productive agricultural land and 74% want a ban on fracking, while a Newspoll in The Australian today shows 56% of NSW and ACT respondents are against CSG altogether,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said. “People have good reason… Read More

Big mines need scrutiny not tick and flick

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

The Australian Greens have urged the new Environment Minister to properly assess coal and coal seam gas projects rather than rushing them through under pressure from the big mining companies. "We're talking about huge mining and gas projects that will cause irreparable damage to our Great Barrier Reef, valuable farming land and the world's climate," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said. "It would be environmentally reckless to rush these assessments, especially… Read More

LNP Newman Government threatens climate and Reef with latest mega mine approval

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

The Australian Greens have condemned the Newman Government's approval of Clive Palmer's massive coal mine in the Galilee Basin. "This coal mine would rip up the Bimblebox Nature Refuge - an 8000 hectare remnant patch of native woodland, which serves as an invaluable habitat refuge for native wildlife, including the endangered Black Throated Finch," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said. "This is the third massive… Read More

Palmer all talk and no action on mining impact concerns

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Clive Palmer's apparent concerns about the impacts of coal seam gas are at odds with his own large-scale use of the gas for his nickel refinery and his plan to rip up the Bimblebox Nature Refuge for a massive coal mine, say the Australian Greens. "As a major coal seam gas customer, Clive Palmer can't be taken seriously when he says he's worried about the industry's impacts on the environment and people,"… Read More

Lib-Nat-ALP abandon Maules Creek community

Friday, July 5th, 2013

The approval of Whitehaven's Maules Creek Coal Project is a devastating blow for the local farming community and environment, said Greens lead Senate candidate for NSW Cate Faehrmann. "This is devastating news for the local community who has been fighting tirelessly for years against this destructive proposal," said Ms Faehrmann. "This decision will see farmers who have been on the land for generations have no choice but to sell… Read More

Greens alarmed by Maules Creek approval

Friday, July 5th, 2013

The Australian Greens are alarmed by reports that Whitehaven Coal has been given state approval for its coal mine at Maules Creek. "We shouldn't be developing a massive, open-cut coal mine in the middle of 8000 hectares of old-growth forest at the end of the fossil fuel era," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said. "I am extremely concerned about allegations raised by experts that… Read More

Coal dust is harming the health of Queenslanders

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

A Greens-initiated Senate Inquiry into the health impacts of air quality is holding a hearing in Brisbane to hear evidence from experts and local groups. The Australian Greens say that not enough is being done to protect the community from the health impacts of air pollution such as coal dust. "There is very clear evidence that coal dust is a very serious threat to the health of Queenslanders," said Dr Richard Di Natale, Australian Greens health spokesperson. "The… Read More

Greens and Farmers join forces against Coal Seam Gas

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

The Australian Greens and NSW farmer Penny Blatchford are calling on the old parties to support the Greens' campaign to give landholders the right to say no to coal seam gas mining on their land. Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said Tony Abbott, Warren Truss and Julia Gillard were refusing to stand up for landholders who don't want coal seam gas mining on their land. "When it's politically convenient, Tony Abbott tells farmers that mining companies… Read More

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