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The ‘water trigger’ – an important first step, but there’s room for improvement

By Policy and Law Reform Solicitor Dr Emma Carmody

2 February 2016

The ‘water trigger’ has been a good addition to environmental laws in Australia. But there are ways it can be improved. EDOs of Australia has just made some recommendations regarding the scope and operation of this important regulatory mechanism.

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Defending the Pilliga in Court

By EDO NSW CEO/Principal Solicitor Sue Higginson

21 January 2016

You may have heard that our client People for the Plains, a community group from the Pilliga, is taking CSG company Santos to court over its Leewood CSG waste water development near the iconic Pilliga woodlands. The group argues that without a proper environmental assessment and public consultation, the development is illegal.

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$1m fine for whaling company: Why is it so significant?

By EDO NSW Solicitor Stacey Ella

18 January 2016

In November 2015 the Federal Court of Australia fined a Japanese whaling company $1 million for breaching an order requiring it to stop whaling in the Australian Whale Sanctuary. Despite this landmark win, the company announced in December that its ships were headed to the Southern Ocean to start the 2015/2016 summer whaling season under Japan’s controversial new ‘scientific’ whaling program. It’s likely the company will kill whales in the Sanctuary.

What is the significance of this case? How can the whaling continue despite the Court’s decision? And what effect does this decision have?

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Petroleum exploration documents released for public scrutiny

By EDO NSW CEO/Principal Solicitor Sue Higginson

13 January 2016

In a win for transparency, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) has been ordered to release key documents about seismic exploration activities in whale feeding grounds near Kangaroo Island, South Australia.

This win is a stark reminder for all agencies and regulators making decisions about public interest environmental issues that transparency and accountability in decision-making is vital to the proper administration of environmental laws.

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10 ways to defend the environment this year

Would you like to deepen your commitment to EDO NSW and the environment? Here are some ways to get involved this year.

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EDO NSW: Year in Review

By EDO NSW Outreach Director Emily Ryan

23 December 2015

With the help of our supporters, EDO NSW has had a busy and successful year. As we look forward to an exciting 2016 together defending the environment through law, here are just a few of the highlights from 2015.

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Another win for the New South Wales environment! Coal mine expansion denied on appeal

Today, the NSW Court of Appeal dismissed Ashton Coal’s appeal to overturn a 2014 ruling of the Land and Environment Court that required the company to obtain prior permission to access a farm property before expanding its open cut coal mine near Camberwell in the Hunter Valley. 

20 November 2015

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We did it! Japanese whaling company fined $1 million in contempt proceedings

By EDO NSW Principal Solicitor Sue Higginson

18 November 2015

Today we have a ruling that Japanese whaling company Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha Ltd (Kyodo) is in contempt of Court and has been fined $1 million.  EDO NSW has been representing Humane Society International (HSI) since 2004 in its ongoing legal battle to bring an end to whaling in Australian waters.

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Threats to wetlands in the Murray-Darling Basin

By EDO NSW Policy and Law Reform Solicitor Dr Emma Carmody

23 October 2015

Sadly, wetlands are among the most threatened ecosystems on the planet. Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin wetlands are no exception.

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New approach to North Coast environmental zones

By EDO NSW Outreach Solicitor Nina Lucas

23 October 2015

The NSW Government has announced key changes to the way that councils can set land aside for environmental conservation and management in the Far North Coast area of NSW. The changes weaken environmental protections and may have State-wide implications.

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