The EPA hands out little more than a slap on the wrist to Santos for uranium contamination of aquifers near the Pilliga. The offence has attracted a mere $1500 fine, which the EPA claims reflects the environmental damage. Doubtful…. See the full SMH article.
This is after being fined $52,500 earlier in the year for failing to report a spill in the Pilliga. See full article.
The Namoi Valley Independent has reported that Santos is seeking approval to build a temporary workers camp south west of Gunnedah on private property on Voca Road, which runs from Curlewis to Wandobah.
This move is in stark contrast with the actions of locals, who are moving to close the roads to CSG.
The Council should consider this very carefully….
The Australian newspaper reports a Mudgee grazier is a victim of new NSW Government planning powers granting the Minister absolute authority.
The Minister for Mines, NOT primary industries
It’s official. The allegedly schizophrenic Minister for Primary Industries and Mining is no longer stuck between a piece of corn and a hard piece of coal. Ian Macdonald is not even pretending to do anything positive to support food production in this country any more. As far as he is concerned, mining comes first and he is only now wearing one hat, that of Minister for Mines.
As the Australian newspaper reported on the 27th of May, even Judge Tobias of the Supreme Court was surprised. [By the time judges get to the Supreme Court they’ve usually seen enough government shenanigans to be shock proof] The Judge was moved enough to say he faced “ the odd situation of a minister giving away to another minister his powers”. Yes, the Minister for Mines gladly gave … Read More »