Massive coal and coal seam gas projects given go ahead
Federal Labor has just sent a very clear signal it is prepared to abandon
the environment in the lead up to this year’s federal election through its
approval of four major coal and coal seam gas projects, Greens MP and
environment spokesperson Cate Faehrmann said today.
“Today is a very black day for the environment in NSW. And it is a very
black day for communities across NSW already bearing the brunt of a coal
industry out of control,” said Ms Faehrmann.
“Labor has given in to the might of the coal industry and sold out
communities and the environment across this state.
“These approvals will literally change the face of the township of
Gloucester as well as the small community of Maules Creek near Narrabri in
the state’s north-west.
“The Maules Creek and Boggabri proposals were referred to the Federal
environment minister Tony Burke because they are going to wipe out
critically endangered forest which is home to many threatened species. How
can any Environment Minister in their right mind approve this?
“The Maules Creek coal mine alone will emit the same amount of carbon
emissions each year as New Zealand during its proposed 30 year life span.
This is disgraceful and it’s why communities everywhere are starting to
call on the government to transition away from coal and towards a secure
renewable energy future.
“I have visited the site of the proposed Maules Creek coal mine recently to
see the forest firsthand and saw a koala up close in the forest. Tony Burke
has just approved a coal mine which will wipe out a small and vulnerable
The farmers who have been fighting coal mine proposals in Leard State
Forest for years will continue to fight for the protection of their
forest,” said Ms Faehrmann.
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