King Coal tumbles from its throne as Rocky Hill mine rejected by PAC

MEDIA RELEASE 15 December 2017

The NSW Greens welcomed today’s Planning Assessment Commission decision to refuse the proposed Rocky Hill coal mine near Gloucester, saying the decision demonstrated that coal was no longer king in NSW, and they called on the government to cancel the exploration licence to give the community certainty.

NSW Greens energy and resources spokesman, Jeremy Buckingham said:

“The rejection of the Rocky Hill coal mine demonstrates that coal is no longer king in NSW. The planning system is no longer willing to prioritise mining coal over community well-being or the environment.

“The Greens call on the Berejiklian Government to cancel the exploration licence so that the community of Gloucester, who have fought off coal seam gas and now this coal mine, can have certainty that their beautiful valley will be protected.

“While this decision is very welcome, what NSW needs is a transition plan to rapidly phase out coal mining to combat climate change, while providing assistance to workers and communities affected by this structural adjustment.

“Both Labor and the Coalition need to seriously consider a moratorium on new coal mines and developing a strategy to manage the phase out of coal.”

Photo of Greens MPs Jeremy Buckingham and Richard Di Natale with Gloucester Community: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByxFWzVKcs8Ia2hjU3lnQzJFZHM/view?usp=sharing

Photo of Greens MPs Jeremy Buckingham and Richard Di Natale with No Rocky Hill sign: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByxFWzVKcs8IVGFyR3NOVWF3eEk/view?usp=sharing

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