NuCoal decisions show value of ‘Lock the Gate’ but continues piecemeal approach

MEDIA RELEASE – 5 December 2011

Greens MP and spokesperson on mining said NuCoal’s decision to end mining exploration on Ian and Robyn Moore’s property highlights the value of the ‘Lock the Gate’ campaign of farmers and community to protecting their land from mining companies.  However NuCoal’s operations should be entirely suspended until the ICAC investigation into the granting of the initial licence has been completed.

“The Greens are very pleased that Ian and Robyn Moore’s fight to protect their farm has been won and shows the value in farmers standing up to the big miners and locking the gate,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“While one farm has been protected, many others are at risk from this coal mine and all NuCoal’s exploration activities should be suspended until the ICAC investigation is complete.

“It is a pity that the Moores have been dragged through arbitration, had to go to court, and faced such stress and uncertainty to get to this point.

“The Moore’s case highlights the need for the government’s Strategic Regional Land Use Policy to offer widespread protection for productive agricultural areas, water resources and sensitive environmental areas.”

Contact: Max Phillips – 0419 444 916


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