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Re-drawing World Heritage boundaries won’t fix Gladstone Harbour

April 12th, 2012

Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney’s comments on removing Gladstone Harbour from the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area show the LNP is prepared to sacrifice the Reef for mining profits, and put the spotlight on whether the federal government will remain complicit. “Mr Seeney’s comments are an admission that mass dredging is an environmental… Read More

Old parties vote to cover up coal seam gas emission

March 20th, 2012

A Government-commissioned study into the climate impacts of coal seam gas remains secret, after the Labor, Liberal and National parties today voted down a Greens motion to make the Wilkenfeld study public. “The coal seam gas industry’s claims to be more climate-friendly than coal are being increasingly challenged by overseas scientific evidence,… Read More

Government still in denial on Gladstone environmental crisis

March 15th, 2012

The first independent scientific investigation of the marine life contamination in Gladstone harbour still hasn’t prompted the Government to suspend the likely cause of the ecological crisis –mass dredging and dumping, according to Australian Greens environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters. “This is the very first scientific study not conducted… Read More

Treasury officials admit mining jobs claims are a furphy

February 16th, 2012

Senior Treasury officials in Senate estimates have exposed as myth the claims about the overwhelming benefits of the mining boom. "With welcome frankness, Treasury officials have said they are 'suspicious' about the standard industry multiplier claim that one job in mining creates three flow-on jobs in other industries," Australian… Read More

Department unable to explain how emissions from coal seam gas are measured

February 14th, 2012

Departmental officials were unable to provide any clarity on how the greenhouse emissions profile of coal seam gas is actually measured in Australia on questioning from the Greens in Senate Estimates. "When the coal seam gas industry's claims to be substantially better for the climate than coal are increasingly being called into question by the evidence, it is remarkable that… Read More

65 Melbourne Cricket Grounds of dredging planned for Great Barrier Reef

February 3rd, 2012

Figures obtained through Senate Estimates reveal more than 112 million cubic metres - or 65 Melbourne Cricket Grounds - are proposed to be dredged from the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area, with 52 million cubic metres already approved by the Federal Government. A coalition of representatives from the fishing and tourism industries and reef scientists have joined… Read More

A broad church of resistance to CSG

December 12th, 2011

Australian Greens environment spokesperson Larissa Waters has welcomed calls by Carmelite nuns in New South Wales to stop drilling for coal seam gas and back renewable energies instead. "It turns out that there is nowhere in Australia where coal seam gas can't reach you, even if you're living in a secluded monastery," Senator Waters said. "AGL are planning to build… Read More

Fracking pollution danger proven a reality

December 10th, 2011

A study by the Environmental Protection Agency in the US proving beyond doubt that coal seam gas fracking has contaminated water resources in Wyoming should be a wake up call for Australians, according to the Greens spokesperson for mining Larissa Waters. "Coal seam gas is gambling with our water, our environment and our land, and we all stand… Read More

Laws left behind by CSG rush

December 9th, 2011

The decision of the Dalby Magistrates Court to find Drew Hutton, president of the Lock the Gate Alliance, guilty of obstructing the operations of a coal seam gas company was proof that the law is stacked in favour of the fossil fuel giants, according to the Australian Greens. "This judgement shows there is an urgent need for reform, as the law is allowing CSG… Read More

CSG regulation far from robust

December 9th, 2011

Claims by mining barons at this week's International Gas Symposium that the coal seam gas industry is already extensively and robustly regulated are nothing but hot air, according to Australian Greens Senator Larissa Waters. "The spurious claims from CSG executives about how safe and well regulated the industry already is are laughable, and show how out of touch they are with… Read More

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