Coal Mining in Margaret River

Greens welcome Margaret River coal mine rejection

Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC, Greens spokesperson for planning, has welcomed the wonderful news that coal mining in the Margaret River region has been rejected by the WA Environment Minister.

Environment Minister Bill Marmion announced today that he upheld the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) decision to reject Vasse Coal Management Pty Ltd’s proposal to develop a coal mine north-east of Margaret River. Read more »

Greens to introduce legislation to protect Margaret River

The Greens in the Legislative Council moved today to protect Margaret River from the threat of coal mining and gas extraction.

Greens WA spokesperson for Planning and Tourism, Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC, said “while the Government only makes noises about protecting Margaret River, we have acted to protect all communities from the threat of mining by amending the Mining Act 1978.” Read more »

Greens introduce landholder rights coal seam gas Bill

Australian Greens spokesperson on mining, Senator Larissa Waters, has this afternoon introduced a bill to give farmers the right to say no to coal seam gas mining on their land.

"When Australia has so little good quality agricultural land, only about 1-2%, we must protect it from all other inconsistent land uses," said Senator Waters.

"Farmers should have the legal right to decide that they want to keep farming their land, rather than take the risk of possible long term groundwater depletion or contamination from coal seam gas mining." Read more »

Greens want science on coal seam gas, not smoke and mirrors

Comparisons between respected climate science and the smoke and mirrors presented by the gas industry are absurd, the Greens said today.

"All we are asking is that honest data on the climate impact of coal seam gas should be put on the table," Australian Greens Senator Larissa Waters, said.

"The community is already deeply concerned about the potential impact on prime farming land and the Great Artesian Basin from coal seam gas. If governments and industry are going to make bold claims about the climate benefits of this fuel, they had better be very confident indeed that those claims are true. Read more »

Letter from Lynn MacLaren MLC to Norman Moore MLC

Hon Norman Moore MLC
Minister for Mines and Petroleum
via email
 
Dear Norman
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EPA Statement: Level of Assessment for Vasse Coal Management’s Vasse Coal Proposal

Summary: The EPA Board considered this proposal at its meeting on 17 March 2011. The EPA determined, based on the referral information and its own investigations and inquiries, that there is adequate information to demonstrate that Vasse Coal Management’s coal mining proposal is environmentally unacceptable.

Release Date: 21 March 2011 Read more »

Greens Welcome EPA Decision on Margaret River Coal

Lynn MacLaren MLC, Greens planning spokesperson, joined Giz Watson in welcoming the EPA’s decision that the Vasse Coal mining proposal in Margaret River would be unacceptable environmentally, and congratulated the NoCoalition for their proactive campaign opposing the proposal.

 “The community has grown from strength to strength in developing their arguments against the proposal. An international supporter base has been established across a range of interests, from tourism and agricultural to security of water supply,” Ms MacLaren said today. Read more »

Premier hiding Margaret River Coal advice: Greens

“The Premier is withholding information on the role of the Department of State Development in supporting coal miner LD Operations Pty. Ltd.’s mining application,” said Greens MLC, Giz Watson.

“I am still waiting for a response to my questions asked in the Parliament on 19 October 2010,” she said.

The Greens are concerned that the Department of State Development may have made pre-emptive statements and promises regarding the social impact on the community.
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Soiree at Xanadu in aid of NO COALition

Mar 5 2011 16:30
Mar 5 2011 20:00

HELP SAVE MARGARET RIVER FROM COAL MINING

Great food, wine and music - along with an auction of fine art, wines and hospitality packages. All in aid of raising funds for NO COALition, a not-for-profit organisation whose objective is to protect Australia's South-West corner from underground coal mining.

When: Saturday March 5, 4.30pm - 8pm Read more »

New EPA rules open small window of opportunity in Margaret River coal mine fight

Media Release:  December 2, 2010

WA Greens MPs have called on Western Australians to support residents and business owners in the Margaret River region by going to the EPA website and making their views known about the proposed coal mine. The new EPA rules will, for the first time, give the public seven days to comment on submissions about levels of assessment.

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