Although Whitehaven refuted landholder’s claims that bores were being affected by the mining operations at Werris Creek, an independent assessment has found “it is likely that coal mining operations at WCC’s Werris Creek mine are contributing to the impacts currently being observed at landholders bores”.
UNSW Australia Water Research Laboratory (WRL) has reviewed available information and identified that Whitehaven Coal Company (WCC) has not undertaken the necessary hydrogeological field investigations, monitoring, analysis and modelling work to demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt that activity at Werris Creek mine has not significantly contributed to the rapid declines in groundwater levels within the aquifers about Quipolly Creek. The review found that Whitehaven’s arguments and assumptions in claiming that drought, landholder water use and Quipolly Dam upgrades were solely responsible for bores drying up “are not supported by logical reasoning and/or evidence”.
The draw down predicted in the … Read More »
Even the “strictest” conditions imposed on the project are inadequate to ensure the safety of our pristine water, and it is not hard to understand why.
Once the aquifer has been cracked, damaged, or polluted it not possible to just fix it. No one can “make good” once the damage has been done.
It is that simple.
No report guaranteed no damage to water – the term “minimal” is one frequently used, and is vastly different to the assurances of “zero damage” that we require to allow this mine to proceed.
It is that simple.
Since Hunt’s decision to conditionally approve the Shenhua Watermark Coal Mine, the petition on change.org has over 42,000 signatures and we have received plenty of support through the media. We MUST build on this momentum!
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Gandhi
If you think the Shenhua Watermark Coal Project should not be approved you can do ALL of the following:
1. Contact Mike Baird and let him know that he should not approve this new coal mine
2. Contact Tony Abbott and let him know that this project should not go ahead
3. Sign and circulate to everybody you know the change.org petition
4. Circulate this email to ALL your friends, family and colleagues who would think THIS MINE IS A DUMB IDEA!
Why do the Liverpool Plains need protecting??? Watch this video to find out
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The first PAC made a number of recommendations to safe guard mining activities so that the Liverpool Plains and surrounding groundwater aquifers had some level of protection.
Of the 25 recommendations, 19 were rejected.
The Final PAC rejected 3 further issues raised by the community.
This highlights that the consultation process via the Planning Assessment Commission considered the issues raised by the community, however failed to provide a pathway in resolving these issues.
Upon analysis of the recommendations a clear pattern emerges.
IF the mining conditions needed to be more stringent to address the issue raised by the community, but the restrictions would impact on the mining operations then the issues were ignored.
IF the mining conditions related to process or external activities, such as technical working groups then the issues were addresses.
Access the full report outlining the recommendations made and whether the Final PAC determination … Read More »
The PAC Determination Report was released last week and has hit hard. The Commission has recommended that the application be given approval despite the serious concerns raised.
Access the report HERE
Tuesday 10 June 2014
9.00am – 11.00am
The Shenhua Watermark mine application is currently with the NSW Planning Department awaiting determination. The Caroona Coal Action Group is currently preparing for the Planning and Assessment Commission application and hearing which provide a final opportunity to speak on the project and raise concerns of the material harm to the environment that this project poses. CCAG has identified suitable scientific experts to ensure the community has the best representation possible.
If you would like more information on how you can help e-mail us.
NSW Office of Planning have contacted CCAG regarding proposed meetings in the area next week.
They are spending the day touring the proposed Shenhua site, the offsite areas and other projects in the region.
An independent environmental report has identified a litany of deficiencies, missing data, and failures to meet basic planning requirements in plans lodged by the Chinese mining giant Shenhua for a major coal mine on the Liverpool Plains.
The report, by the internationally respected consultants Earth Systems, has found there are such major gaps in baseline data on water quality and geochemistry that “…it is not possible to fully assess environmental impacts”.
It says not only does Shenhua’s 325-page EIS dedicate just a single page to its risk assessment which “appears to understate the likely impacts and risks” but has also uncovered the fact that Shenhua’s plans involve mining on the iconic floodplains – a clear breach of its exploration licence.
CCAG spokesman Tim Duddy said the Earth Systems review was damning of Shenhua’s approach to environmental protection and confirmed the community’s fears.
“From the … Read More »
May 13, 2013 – 12:07AM
Sydney Morning Herald
A controversial mining proposal slated for prime agricultural land on the Liverpool Plains in northern NSW fails to meet basic environmental standards, an independent assessment of the project has found. A subsidiary of Chinese mining giant Shenhua, Shenhua Watermark Coal, is seeking environmental approval for its proposed Liverpool Plains coalmine and has filed an environmental impact statement as part of the process.
If they get this wrong they could poison two thirds of the Murray-Darling system. But farmers and agricultural groups paid for an independent review of Shenhua’s EIS and say the report exposes significant problems with the proposed mine. The report, by consulting group Earth Systems, found the mine would likely breach a prohibition on open-cut mining on the Liverpool Plains.
It also found that the mine’s risk assessment lacked detail, and there were … Read More »