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Mining Site Rehabilitation….How coal companies avoid and minimise their obligations in NSW, Qld.

Muswellbrook Coal Mine

Muswellbrook Coal Mine

Do mining companies rehabilitate sites after they have removed the coal?

What are the state laws with regards to this, and more importantly what actually happens?

In Queensland there are the new Chain of Responsibility Laws, which have just today (26th May) for the first time been enacted requiring Linc Energy’s former CEO to decommission the sites waste water dams.  We will watch the outcome of this with interest.

In April, a new report was released by Environmental Justice Australia’s Climate & Finance program which looked “at six methods that coal companies operating in Australia use to avoid, minimise or delay their rehabilitation obligations in New South Wales and Queensland.”

#1 CARE AND MAINTENANCE

#2 EXTRACT UNTIL CASH RESERVES RUN DRY

#3 DON’T REHABILITATE

#4 SELL TO AN UNKNOWN MINNOW

#5 EXPAND

#6 INAPPROPRIATE  DISCOUNTS

Read the full report here https://envirojustice.org.au/blog/dodging-clean-up-costs-six-tricks-coal-mining-companies-play

 

 

Linc Energy Former CEO issued with Environmental Protection Order

May 26th

The Courier Mail reports….

http://www.couriermail.com.au/business/linc-energy-former-chief-executive-peter-bond-issued-with-environmental-protection-order/news-story/6f244afe7bb7077afb1e1e00fd3030ac?utm_content=SocialFlow&utm_campaign=EditorialSF&utm_source=CourierMail&utm_medium=Twitter

Fantastic News ….lets hope this is the first of many actions to rehabilitate the damage done by Linc Energy and underground coal gasification.

Linc Energy: Former chief executive Peter Bond issued with Environmental Protection Order

The Courier-Mail

AN Environmental Protection Order has been issued to former Linc Energy chief executive Peter Bond under Queensland’s new Chain of Responsibility laws.

The environment department issued the order Wednesday night.

This EPO requires Mr Bond to take steps to decommission most of the site’s dams and take steps in relation to the rehabilitation of contaminated soils that remain on site, a statement from Environment Minister Steven Miles reads.

Linc Energy’s dams have been a source of odour to the surrounding community.

The EPO also requires the provision of a bank guarantee to secure compliance with it. Review and appeal rights are available under the law.

This EPO is in addition to an EPO the Department issued to Linc Energy on 13 May 2016, which remains in effect even though Linc Energy is in liquidation.

It is in addition to the prosecution that is already underway.

Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles said it was the first time the new powers had been used.

“The stronger environmental laws give Queensland’s environment regulator additional powers to ensure the former Linc Energy site is rehabilitated,’’ Dr Miles said.

“Decommissioning the dams is a crucial part of the long-term strategy regarding odour sources, and is a necessary rehabilitation step,” he said.

Linc Energy 2011

Linc Energy 2011

Tour the NSW and Qld gasfields…see for yourself firsthand!

Narrabri and Chinchilla are remote, but it is in these recharge areas of the Great Artesian Basin a relative handful of farmers are fighting for what they say is the future of agriculture in their areas.

SAVE THE GAB

See for yourself what is happening to the Great Artesian Basin then tell your friends. Protectors of country and farmers need your support.

The Great Artesian Basin (GAB) is a huge reservoir of water underlying 22% of Australia, the driest continent on Earth. Gas companies are drilling through the GAB and other aquifers to extract water then gas.

Governments support this industry despite growing community concerns. A diverse group of people from all walks of life, of all ages and political persuasions are passionate about preserving the GAB and other underground water systems for future generations. It’s a David and Goliath battle with farmers and protectors challenging big corporations and government.

This website aims to inform you about the risks of coal seam gas and encourage you to see for yourself what is happening to our environment and communities. A self-drive tour through a gas field may change your life. https://gasgabtours.com/

Natural gas has been extracted above the Great Artesian Basin since 1900. Unconventional gas, such as coal seam gas (CSG), has been extracted above and below it since 2009. CSG needs more infrastructure than natural gas. It requires vast amounts of salty toxic water called ‘waste water’ to be brought to the surface before the gas can be tapped. The disposal of this waste water and the number of wells perforating the Basin are of major concern to the protectors of the Great Artesian Basin.

Gas and GAB tours

Queensland Government bans Underground Coal gasification

Karen Auty from Chinchilla raises some pertinent questions.

Linc Energy