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PAC Review Supports Approval of T4 Coal Terminal at Newcastle

The Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) today supported the approval of the proposal to build a fourth coal terminal on Kooragang Island (T4 Project) near Newcastle despite health concerns by local residents.

16 December 2014

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Commission Recommends Restoration of EDO Funding

The Productivity Commission recommended the Federal Government reverse last year’s decision to remove all funding to the Environmental Defenders Offices (EDOs), a national network of community legal centres specialising in public interest environmental law.

3 December 2014

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Donation to EDO NSW bolsters legal defence for communities

Local communities defending themselves against environmentally damaging development will benefit from a $500,000 donation made to the environmental legal centre, EDO NSW, executive director Jeff Smith said today.

6 Nov 2014

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Community group in court to save critically endangered bird

A Hunter Valley community group’s legal challenge to save the forest habitat of a bird species on the brink of extinction from clearing for an industrial development, is set to commence in the Land and Environment court today.

29 October 2014 

Update Oct 30: A third hearing date in the case has been set for 3-6 Feb 2015.

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Miner stopped from clearing forest during breeding season

Legal action by a local community group against a new coal mine has led to the NSW government preventing forest clearing during spring when threatened animals are breeding and winter when they are hibernating.

23 October 2014

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Santos to Provide Water Data After Legal Action by Farmers

Coal seam gas (CSG) company Santos today agreed in the NSW Land and Environment Court to provide water monitoring data after legal action by farmers seeking information relating to the contamination of water bores on a property in the Pilliga Forest, near Narrabri, in north-west NSW.

1 September 2014

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Court says it can approve Hunter coal mine expansion but conditions still to be determined

27 August 2014

A legal challenge by a Hunter community group to the expansion of the Ashton open cut coal mine is continuing after the Land and Environment Court today found that approval of the project could be granted but left a number of conditions undetermined.  

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Health risk for Newcastle residents from new coal loader project

27 August 2014

The proposed fourth coal terminal at Newcastle (T4) poses a significant health risk to surrounding residents and will reduce key habitat for birds and a frog species threatened with extinction, according to scientific experts appearing at the public hearing of the NSW Planning and Assessment Commission (PAC) in Newcastle today.

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Clearing of Leard Forest for Open Cut Coal Mine Stops

12 June 2014

Whitehaven Coal today has halted its winter clearing operations at the Leard State Forest for its new open cut coal mine, in north-western NSW, following legal action by the Maules Creek Community Council.

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Court adjourns legal action to stop clearing in Leard Forest

The Land and Environment Court has adjourned until tomorrow the hearing of a legal action to stop the clearing of the Leard State Forest for the controversial Maules Creek Coal Mine, near Narrabri in north-west NSW.

10 June 2014

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