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Adani’s Abbot Point pollution demands prosecution

Screen_Shot_2017-04-09_at_9.40.03_am_copy.pngMackay Conservation Group, which last week joined government scientists on a site visit to Adani’s Abbot Point facility where it was evident Adani had allowed coal to pollute the sensitive Caley Valley wetlands during Cyclone Debbie, say the wholesale breach of Adani’s pollution license shows the company cannot be trusted to operate in Australia

Coordinator of the Mackay Conservation Group, Mr Peter McCallum said, “Even with a license to pollute in its back pocket, Adani has still managed to exceed the permitted discharge of contaminants by 800 per cent. This is one more sign Adani’s mine should not proceed

“This breach isn't a minor one. It's equivalent to driver travelling at over 300km/h in a school zone

“Adani have been found to be operating a coal terminal in a cyclone-prone area that cannot withstand a cyclone without risk of contaminating the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and the Caley Valley Wetlands.

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Media Release: Adani defeat no 'mere technicality'

Press release from 5 August 2015

ADANI CARMICHAEL COURT DEFEAT NO MERE TECHNICALITY

Court cases reveal deep flaws in modelling, devastating impacts

Indian coal giant Adani, the mining industry and the Federal Environment Minister are wrong to characterise today’s Federal court decision as a ‘technical glitch’, when it is symptomatic of deep flaws with the Carmichael proposal that have only been revealed through proper court scrutiny, said Ms Ellen Roberts, Coordinator of Mackay Conservation Group.

 

 

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George Brandis say Federal government should be above the law on environmental protection

George Brandis says Federal government should be above the law on environmental protection

For comment please call Patricia Julien on 07 4966 8025 or contact her on [email protected]

Attorney General George Brandis is today threatening to change environmental protection laws in the wake of a Federal Court decision to set aside the approval of Adani’s massive coal Carmichael mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin.


‘Australia’s environmental laws protect our unique natural heritage, which brings millions of visitors each year to this country, makes a major contribution to our economy, and is a source of pride for all Australians,’ said Mackay Conservation Group Research Analyst Patricia Julien.

‘Brandis wants mining companies, and the Federal government, to be above the law. He wants to dodge environmental protections put in place to protect Australia’s unique wildlife.

‘George Brandis’ comments today show just how far the government is willing to go to protect the interests of mining companies.

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Victory! Federal Court rejects Carmichael mine

BREAKING NEWS – we just won our court case against Adani’s Carmichael mine!

If built, the proposed Carmichael mine would have been Australia’s largest coal mine exporting up to 60 million tonnes  of coal from across the Great Barrier Reef Coast every year.

In July 2014 the Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt approved the Carmichael mine and in January this year we launched or challenge of the mine arguing that the impacts of the project on the climate and threatened species had not been properly addressed.

Minister Hunt has now admitted that he didn’t adequately consider the impact on the yakka skink and the ornamental snake, two vulnerable species impacted by the mine. You can read the full media release here.

Can you call on him to reject the mine once and for all?

This is a historic win for the Climate, fragile ecosystems in western Qld and the Great Barrier Reef.

This victory would not have been possible without the support of the NSW Environmental Defenders Office and everyone who has donated to the case and helped highlight the impacts of this devastating mine on our Reef, the climate and the unique biodiversity of Western Queensland.

What happens now?

The mine is now without legal authority to commence construction or operate. It is up to Minister Hunt to decide whether or not to approve the mine again, taking into account the conservation advices and any other information on the impacts of the project. The Carmichael mine is back on his desk, and he has the power now to end this disastrous project forever.

Will you tell Greg Hunt not to reject the Carmichael mine once and for all?

The mine has been rejected by the court – now its time for Minister Hunt to reject it for good.

Here’s our top three reasons why the Carmichael project should be rejected:

  1. As Australia’s largest coal mine, it will make an unacceptable contribution to greenhouse gasses and climate change
  2. The Carmichael mine will use over 12 billion litres of water per year, draining precious underground water sources
  3. The Carmichael mine will not yield the promised jobs or royalties for Queensland. Net jobs for the project (taking into account job losses in other industries) will be as low as 1464 and Adani has exaggerated income from royalties from the Carmichael mine.

You can write to Minister Hunt by following this link. He needs to hear from the community.

For a detailed explanation of the case background, the grounds of our challenge and new information about the impacts of the Carmichael mine, please download our background document.


Critical new information may halt Carmichael mine

Critical new information may halt Carmichael mine

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The Mackay Conservation Group has submitted critical new information in the Federal Court in Sydney amending their challenge to Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s approval of the Carmichael mine in Central Queensland.

The group argues that in approving Carmichael, Minister Hunt failed to consider conservation advices for two vulnerable species likely to be significantly impacted by the project, the ornamental snake and the yakka skink. ing their challenge to Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s approval of the Carmichael mine in Central Queensland.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/16/greg-hunt-ignoring-advice-on-danger-to-wildlife-from-carmichael-coalmine

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Mackay needs clean air!

air_quality.jpgAir quality standards in Australia are in dire need of improvement. The Australian State, Territory and Commonwealth governments are currently reviewing the existing standards which outline ‘safe’ levels of exposure from a variety of air pollution sources.  

This gives us an opportunity to ask the Federal Environment Minister (Greg Hunt) to improve our air quality standards so we can have the cleanest air possible. 

An estimated 3,000 premature Australian deaths are linked to poor air quality and if these standards are improved, lives could be saved.

The coal mining industry is our Australia’s main source of particle pollution, and they have admitted that their emissions have grown by a massive 187% in the last ten years. These standards need to be changed – please sign the petition to make sure they have to limit their emissions. 


We need strong targets for Paris!

drought-custom-image-data.jpgAreas in North Queensland, like Townsville, are experiencing their driest wet season on record, and the Bureau of Meterology is declaring a major El Nino, further South we’re seeing unprecedented storms and heavy rainfalls.  This is extreme weather.

Australia is already at the forefront of climate change impacts but we’re not seeing leadership from our local politicians. Even though we have a climate sceptical local member in George Christensen MP, Abbot needs to know there are people in Mackay - and elsewhere! - that want to see strong targets at the climate talks in Paris.

Please sign the petition, which is part of a national petition that will be presented on 25th May to national leaders (wording courtesy of WWF)


Bowen Coal Seam Gas project

Coal seam gas is set to increase massively in Central Queensland. Arrow Energy is deciding this year whether to proceed with the Explosive-Gas_web.jpgBowen Gas project, which could mean up to 6000 new wells, so its crucial they hear from people like you.

We are supporting the call from farmers organisations, such as Agforce, for a moratorium on coal seam gas until its impacts on land, water and the climate are better understood.

Please sign our petition here: http://www.mackayconservationgroup.org.au/bowen_csg_petition

 


Air Quality Standards

 air_quality.jpgAir quality standards in Australia are in dire need of improvement. The Australian State, Territory and Commonwealth governments are currently reviewing the existing standards which outline ‘safe’ levels of exposure from a variety of air pollution sources.  

This gives us an opportunity to ask the Federal Environment Minister (Greg Hunt) to improve our air quality standards so we can have the cleanest air possible. 

An estimated 3,000 premature Australian deaths are linked to poor air quality and if these standards are improved, lives could be saved.

The coal mining industry is our Australia’s main source of particle pollution, and they have admitted that their emissions have grown by a massive 187% in the last ten years. These standards need to be changed.  Please sign the petition below calling for stronger air quality standards.


Raise the Heat on Commbank

CBALogo_RED_Final_AK.pngMackay Conservation Group has joined with 350.org and over 40 local groups around the country on a national week of actions next week called Raise the Heat on Commbank. We’d love you to be involved - check out all the details below.

Now is an important time to step things up and put CommBank’s reputation on the line -either they publicly rule out their involvement OR they face a creative and unrelenting campaign.

In Mackay, we have events planned from the Monday to the Friday, and Friday will be the big day where we hope as many people as possible will come. We would love you to join in, and invite your friends and family along too. To get involved, please email our fantastic volunteer Tiffany Harrison at [email protected], or contact her on 042629978.

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