Mining under National Parks should remain prohibited

MEDIA RELEASE – 18 May 2015

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today expressed concern that the Baird Government had made an agreement with coal mining company YanCoal, to allow them to mine under parts of the Goulburn River National Park, including the Goulburn River itself.

“This agreement to allow mining under a National Park sets a very concerning precedent.  Mining should be prohibited in National Parks, without exception,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“The good decision to protect The Drip from coal mining, by including it in the Goulburn River National Park, should not be undone by setting a terrible precedent to allow mining under National Parks.

“Coal mining is an industry in decline with many mines shutting down or reducing capacity.  There is no good reason why the government should allow mining under a National Park.

“The Greens are also concerned that today’s announcement by Planning Minister Rob Stokes to increase resources to enforce planning conditions, is a forerunner to decisions to approve both the controversial Warkworth mine expansion as well as Drayton South coal mines.

“Planning Minister Rob Stokes cannot continue to play the good guy talking up protections for the environment, while delivering continued expansion for the coal mining industry.

“Modern coal mining techniques are simply incompatible with preserving the environment and preventing dangerous climate change.”

Contact: Max Phillips – 9230 2202 or 0419 444 916

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