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Time for certainty by ending “unlikely” Shenhua Watermark coal mine

MEDIA RELEASE – 17 February 2016

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today said the admission from a federal government source to the ABC that the Shenhua Watermark coal mine was “unlikely” to go ahead and the expiration of the exploration licence on Monday, provided the opportunity for the NSW Government to provide farmers on the Liverpool Plains with certainty by giving the Chinese mining company its money back and cancelling the licence forever.

“The admission that the Shenhua Watermark coal mine is “unlikely” to go ahead highlights the need for the Premier Mike Baird to act to end the shambles and provide certainty to farmers,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“The Shenhua Watermark coal mine makes no sense in the current commodities market and has virtually no support to go ahead.  Premier Mike Baird should end the uncertainty, can the mine and negotiate the return of the $300 million the company paid the NSW Government for the exploration licence.

“The NSW Government should establish and reveal whether the Chinese Government moratorium on new coal mines applies to the Shenhua Watermark coal mine?

“Why should the fertile Liverpool Plains be damaged for a giant new coal mine when a decline in demand and the massive glut of coal on the world market has caused the suspension of new coal mines in China itself?

“Farmers need certainty to make investment decisions, so it is important that the threat of this mine does not hang over their heads for years to come.”

Upper House calls on Premier Baird to meet with Liverpool Plains Youth  

MEDIA RELEASE – 12 November 2015

The Greens NSW mining and agriculture spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today said he hoped that Premier Mike Baird would heed the official call of the NSW Legislative Council, which today unanimously passed a motion calling on the Premier to meet with the Liverpool Plains Youth association when he visits Tamworth next Friday.

The motion, which passed this morning, reads:


  1. That this House notes that:

(a) the Premier, the Honourable Mike Baird MP, will be visiting Tamworth on 20 November


(b) the Liverpool Plains Youth are a group of young people from the Liverpool Plains region who are committed to showcasing, celebrating and protecting the Liverpool Plains region for the future, and

(c) the Liverpool Plains Youth have written to the Premier requesting that he meet with them

when he visits Tamworth so that they can discuss the impacts that the Shenhua Watermark and BHP Caroona coal mines will have on the future of the Liverpool Plains if they are built.

  1. That this House calls on the Premier to meet with the Liverpool Plains Youth and listen to their concerns.


“The Liverpool Plains Youth have been doing a fantastic job in raising awareness about the importance of the region and agriculture, and advocating to protect the land and water from new coal mines,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“These young people will hopefully still be farming the Liverpool Plains long after any mines have been wound up and long after the world has weaned itself off coal and onto renewable energy.

“It’s important that the Premier hear the views of the young people who will be directly affected by these mines and I urge him to meet, listen carefully and act to protect the Liverpool Plains.”

Werris Creek coal mine water disaster should prompt buy-back of Shenhua licence  

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MEDIA RELEASE – 6 November 2015

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today said a new report that shows that the Werris Creek coal mine is partially responsible for nearby farmer’s water bores going dry, should prompt the government to negotiate a buy-back of the Shenhua Watermark coal mine licence to ensure a similar disaster does not happen on the Liverpool Plains.

Doug Anderson of University of NSW found the coal mine was responsible for at least 25% of underground water losses of between 4.5 and 15 metres, despite a predicted drop of only 10 centimetres.  Whitehaven have recently installed a third evaporator at the Werris Creek coal mine to deal with water flooding the mine pit.

“The risk to surface and ground water, agricultural productivity and climate are far too great to allow these mines to go ahead.  The government should be sitting down and negotiating a reasonable exit strategy for Shenhua to hand back its exploration licence and walk away,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“All the water modelling in the world does not compare to a real life experience, and here we have a disaster only a few kilometres away from the Shenhua Watermark mine site.

“The feared impacts of coal mining on ground water have become a reality at Werris Creek and they will be repeated at the Caroona and Shenhua Watermark mines on the Liverpool Plains if they go ahead.

“The photos of the flooded mine pit and the fact that Whitehaven have installed a third evaporator to try to get rid of the excess water, shows this mine has hit serious problems and the government investigation must be thorough and the results of the investigation should be made public,” he said.


Photo supplied by www.sallyaldenphotography.com

NSW Government renegotiating $200 million success fee for Shenhua coal mine

MEDIA RELEASE – 29 September 2015

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today called on the government to come clean about their negotiations with the Chinese government owned Shenhua coal mining company after answers to Budget Estimates questions on notice revealed that the $200 million success fee was being renegotiated.

The government answered (174):

“The Department has initiated commercial in confidence negotiations with Shenhua to finalise and discuss a number of outstanding issues associated with its development application.  The timing of the payment of the State’s success fee, when the Division grants the mining licence, is part of those discussions.”

Infamous former mining minister Ian Macdonald, accepted a $300 million success payment to the government for the Shenhua Watermark exploration licence, to be followed by a $200 million success payment to the government on grant of the mining licence.  It is this last payment that is currently being renegotiated.

“The Shenhua coal mine in the heart of the fertile Liverpool Plains is an issue of national significance.  The NSW government should reveal exactly what they have promised Shenhua, and whether they are negotiating to facilitate the mine or to protect the Liverpool Plains,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“Most credible economists conclude that building the greenfield Shenhua Watermark coal mine does not make sense financially in the current global coal market and at current coal prices.

“It would be treacherous for the NSW government to now renegotiate the $200 million fee to help facilitate the construction of a mine that is already a dubious financial prospect.  It would mean an exploration licence is not worth the paper it is written on if it can be changed at a whim to suit the mining company.

“The community has long been concerned that these very large payments to governments impact on the assessment process and create an inherent conflict of interest – and that’s putting it politely.

“Minister Roberts should make it clear to the public exactly what the NSW government is hoping to achieve in these negotiations,” Mr Buckingham said.

Greens slam appointment of Shenhua coal lobbyist as National Party federal president

MEDIA RELEASE – 9 September 2015

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today slammed the National Party for appointing Larry Anthony, a registered lobbyist for Chinese coal mining company Shenhua, as their new federal president.

Larry Anthony, a former MP for Richmond, is a Director of SAS consulting Group which currently lists Shenhua Watermark as one of its clients on the NSW Lobbyist Register.  Larry Anthony has also been personally lobbying the NSW Department of Planning on behalf of Shenhua since at least 2012.

Larry Anthony Shenhua lobbying


“It’s clear that the modern National Party is nothing more than the political arm of the mining lobby,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“The decision to allow Shenhua to mine the heart out of the Liverpool Plains, the food bowl of Australia, is completely irresponsible and the public are understandably sceptical about the influence that the revolving door between politicians and the mining industry has had on decisions like this.

“It seems Shenhua have contracted senior National Party identities to open doors and smooth the path to a mine approval to the detriment of farmers.”

“The National Party have sold their soul and sold out farmers.  The Greens stand ready to fill the gap to protect agriculture,” Mr Buckingham said.

Contact: Max Phillips – 9230 2202 or 0419 444 916

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Launch of Liberals’ ‘Friends of Coal’ group is a slap in the face for NSW Farmers

MEDIA RELEASE – 15 July 2015

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today condemned the launch of the ‘Friends of Coal’ group by the Liberal Party saying it was offensive to all those who are concerned about the impact of the Shenhua coal mine on farming in the Liverpool Plains, and called on National Party MPs to boycott the event.

“By Launching this ‘Friends of Coal’ group today, the NSW Liberals have shown a complete disregard for all those who want to see our food bowl in the Liverpool Plains saved from coal mining,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“If this is a joke, then it is a cruel joke and shows enormous insensitivity to those whose farms and communities are being threatened by coal mining.

“All National Party MPs should boycott this event,” he said.

Invite sent to all NSW parliamentarians:

Dear Colleagues,

On Tuesday, 11 August, on behalf of the Friends of Coal, I will be hosting a ‘Carnival of Coal’ at NSW Parliament House to declare support for coal and associated industries and to send a loud and clear message that action is needed now to protect a secure, inexpensive energy future.

Please join me at 6:30pm in the Waratah Room at Parliament House, Macquarie Street in Sydney for drinks and nibbles with leading coal industry figures.

Join with the Friends of Coal to end the war on coal and keep Australia with a jobs-rich, carbon-based energy future.

It would be great to see you drop by the Waratah Room on Tuesday, 11 August, if you have the chance.

If you cannot make it to the event on Tuesday, 11 August, you can still be a part of the movement by downloading this picture and placing it on your office door, and sharing a picture of yourself on social media and with a miner, a train driver, a power plant worker, a steel worker, a wharfie, a sailor, or any other person whose job directly benefits from the wonderful coal industry in Australia today.

Please RSVP for catering purposes.

Yours sincerely,

Hon Dr Peter Phelps MLC
Government Whip in the Legislatve Council of NSW
Parliament House, Macquarie Street
SYDNEY   NSW   2000
Ph: 02 9230 3462
Fx: 02 9230 3568

Give Shenhua back its $300 million to protect the Liverpool Plains

MEDIA RELEASE – 13 July 2015

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today said that the NSW government should give Shenhua back its $300 million and ask it to abandon plans to mine coal in the heart of the fertile Liverpool Plains.  He claimed that the Shenhua company could recover a significant proportion of the $700 million it has spent on the project.

If Shenhua are paid back the $300 million exploration licence fee and sell the $200+ million worth of farm land they have bought, they should recover up to $500 million of the $700 million they have spent, allowing the company to protect its reputation and save money.

“Premier Mike Baird should offer to give back the $300 million that corrupt former mining minister Ian Macdonald extracted from Shenhua for the mining exploration licence, so that the prime agricultural land of the Liverpool Plains can be protected,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“It is only fair that we hand back the money if the company does not go ahead with mining the Liverpool Plains.

“The $300 million for the exploration licence and a further $200 million on grant of the mining licence has hung over the planning process like a bad smell.  Many people see such large sums of money as corrupting the process and making it near impossible for either governments or planning officials to refuse the mine.

“It’s time someone in power put the national interest first and protected the best agricultural land in Australia.  Premier Mike Baird has the opportunity to save our food bowl in the Liverpool Plains.”

Shenhua land

Land bought by Shenhua in the Liverpool Plains 


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