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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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Community Group launches Legal Action to Stop Clearing in Leard Forest

The Maules Creek Community Council has today launched legal action to stop the clearing of the Leard State Forest for the controversial Maules Creek Coal Mine, near Narrabri in north-west NSW.

6 June 2014

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Farmes seek court order for Santos water monitoring data

Farmers today launched legal proceedings asking the Land and Environment Court to order coal seam gas (CSG) company Santos to produce information it may hold relating to the contamination of water bores on a farmer’s property, near the Pilliga Forest in north-west NSW.

21 May 2014

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Offsets policies failing to protect threatened species

Government policies on biodiversity offsets for mining and development projects are failing to protect plant and animal species threatened with extinction and need to be reviewed, the Australian Network of Environmental Defenders Offices (ANEDO) told a Senate inquiry today.

5 May 2014

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Federal Government risks creating an 8-stop shop of fragmented rules

30 April 2014

The Federal Government's handover of environmental approval powers to the states and territories could lower environmental standards and produce a confusing 'eight stop shop' of environmental regulation, the Australian Network of Environmental Defender‟s Offices (ANEDO) told a parliamentary inquiry.

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Court victory again for Bulga residents over coal mine expansion

Update 19 Nov 2014

The NSW Dept of Planning has recommended the approval of the Warkworth coal mine expansion by Rio Tinto near the village of Bulga, despite two court decisions against the project. The NSW Planning and Assessment Commission (PAC) will now decide on the project in the coming months. A PAC public hearing will be held in Singleton on Dec 18. However a PAC public hearing removes the community's right to a merits legal challenge to the project if it is approved.


7 April 2014

The NSW Court of Appeal today ruled in favour of the residents of the Hunter Valley village of Bulga and the protection of a rare forest containing endangered plants and animals, by upholding the refusal of an open cut coal mine expansion.

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Federal Government submission to the World Heritage Committee misleading on legal protection for threatened species

The Australian Government’s proposal to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee to reduce the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) is misleading, missing key information and should be withdrawn, according to the Australian Network of Environmental Defender’s Offices (ANEDO).

13 March 2014

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