Green light for Tinkler’s Maules Creek coal mine an environmental disgrace

MEDIA RELEASE

23 March 2012

The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham today condemned the Planning Assessment Commission’s (PAC) decision to allow Nathan Tinkler’s Maules Creek coal mine to the next stage of assessment, saying it will decimate the important ecology of the Leards State Forest and makes a mockery of the O’Farrell Government’s promises to protect sensitive environments and agricultural land.

“This PAC decision is an absolute disgrace and could lead to the decimation of the Leards  Forest, including 754 hectares of critically endangered woodland and the threatened species it supports,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“Make no mistake about it, the combined effects of both the Maules Creeks and Boggabri coal mines  will be the destruction of the Leards Forest, replacing it with two giant open cut mines.  The PAC has somehow convinced itself that a 500 metre corridor of forest between the two mines is adequate safeguard.

“It will be an ecological crime if the Leards Forest is destroyed to provide profits for Nathan Tinkler and Japanese coal company Idemitsu, the owners of Boggabri Coal.

“The Leards Forest has been identified as Tier One biodiversity land in the recent Strategic Regional Land Use Plan for the North West.  The government should put on hold any further consideration of this project until the Land Use Plans have been finalised.

“Nathan Tinkler’s profits have been put before the local community and the environment.”

Failures in the PAC decision:

  • Illogical claim that offsets & mine rehabilitation could “improve the region’s biodiversity”, despite the destruction of Tier 1 biodiversity land in the Leards Forest
  • Regional biodiversity strategy not required until after the mine’s approval
  • Disregards the ongoing Namoi Water Study
  • Virtually disregards the impact on climate change of burning the coal produced
  • Disregards Strategic Regional Land Use Plan

Read the PAC decision

Contact: Max Phillips – 9230 2202  or  0419 444 916

 

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