Rio Tinto has lost its battle for a major extension of its Warkworth open cut coalmine near Bulga in the Hunter Valley but will fight on with a new application lodged with the O'Farrell government. Rio Tinto last week lodged a new application for the extension of its Mount Thorley Warkworth mine, near Singleton. The company said last week that it would provide employment for 1300 people and secure the future of a mine that had operated for more than 30 years.
Coalition MPs and industry groups are using a review of competition laws to push for a ban on campaigns against companies on the grounds that they are selling products that damage the environment, for example by using old-growth timber or overfished seafood.
Glencore applies for two new longwall panels at Sugarloaf - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The mining company behind a major subsidence incident in a state conservation area near Newcastle has applied to develop two new longwall panels.
The sixteen-year old daughter of a well-known activist has taken responsibility for a fake press release that targeted gas explorer Metgasco earlier this week.
Community groups in coal-affected regions across the state, including Maitland, are crusading to gather more than 10,000 signatures by the end of next month to trigger a parliamentary debate on the proposal.
East Maitland resident Steve Jordan has urged the coal industry to cover its wagons to curb dust emissions on suburbs near the railway line.
Dean Dalla Valle, President BHP Billiton Coal, CEDA speech . 2 April 2014, Brisbane.
Union says automated coal mine draglines must not cost jobs - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) says it will closely monitor the development of automated draglines to ensure that workers are not left worse off.
Automated draglines promise coal mine industry savings - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
A mining technology company is working on new technology with the University of Queensland to improve coal mine operations, with possible savings of millions of dollars.
Queensland farms safe from rail corridor for coal mines - ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Farmers near Bowen in north Queensland are relieved valuable agricultural land is no longer in the path of a proposed rail corridor. The State Government yesterday announced the farming region will be excised from the coal developments in the Galilee Basin State Development Area (SDA). Under the proposed SDA, a rail line would be built to cart coal from the Galilee Basin to the port at Abbott Point.
The divestment campaign could pose considerable reputational risk to fossil fuel companies even if its immediate direct effects are likely to be limited, says Ben Caldecott, the director of the Stranded Assets Programme at Oxford University's Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.
Independent Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper has spoken out against the proposed Wallarah 2 coal mine on the Central Coast, saying it will have significant impacts on the community's health and local infrastructure.
The New South Wales Supreme Court is expected to hand down its decision over a joint appeal, brought by the state government and Rio Tinto, after a Hunter Valley mining licence was revoked.
Opponents of a controversial underground coal mine proposed for the New South Wales central coast say they will not give up their fight against the development.
AUSTRALIA’S coal producers could be set for further pain with contract prices continuing to fall and analysts predicting a long-term structural decline in demand. On the back of further coalmine closures in Australia, Macquarie has outlined that the industry is preparing for the lowest thermal coal price settlement between Australian producers and Japanese customers in five years.
Amid widespread industry retrenchments and cost cutting, the pressures on coal miners are deepening, with double digit price cuts emerging in the north Asian coal market. Glencore Xstrata has agreed to a 14 per cent price cut in the key Japan market for steaming coal shipped from Australia, supplying coal at $US81.80 a tonne to Tohoku Electric Power Co, down from $US95 a tonne a year earlier.
THE NSW Ombudsman is investigating allegations that Planning Assessment Commission members involved in the assessment of Hunter Valley coal projects have a conflict of interest. The commission was established in November 2008 with the aim of improving transparency and independence in the planning and decision making process. Members are appointed by the government and selected from a range of disciplines with experience in planning, architecture, the environment and urban design.
An Independent Upper Hunter candidate has compared locals complaining about the Drayton South mine to people who move next to an airport and complain about planes.
New South Wales Opposition presses for inquiry into Environment Protection Authority - Yahoo7 Finance Australia
EPA chairman and chief executive Barrie Buffier is confident the authority's actions would be vindicated if an inquiry was held. "We would welcome the opportunity to have all the information in the public arena," he said.
The World Today - NSW EPA criticises media coverage as Opposition calls for inquiry into management 31/03/2014
JAMES WHELAN: We discovered, for instance, that Mr Buffier prepared a media statement denying the coal trains are any source of pollution before he actually received the monitoring report into coal train pollution. That's just not on. It's not on for a regulator to decide what they're going to pronounce and decide on their policy response before the science comes in. We think we're overdue for some kind of investigation.