The bad news on the local job front just keeps on getting worse with confirmation this week 36 coal production jobs will be axed at Glencore’s Mount Owen mine. These latest cuts come on top of the 55 jobs lost at the mine in May last year.
He quickly noticed many Newcastle people complained of adverse chest and breathing difficulties. Conversations with people about the coal dust "would be waved away with dismissive comments that it was nothing compared to what it used to be like when the steelworks were in full operation".
The penalty infringement notice, issued on the 27th of June by the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE), was issued for ‘failure to comply with conditions of approval’ and carries a $3000 fine. Mt Arthur Coal’s operating conditions require the mine to “implement best practice air quality management, including all reasonable and feasible measures to minimalise offsite dust emissions of the Mt Arthur complex”.
The New South Wales Premier Mike Baird has called on Port Waratah Coal Services to voluntarily offer more than a government calculated levy on its T4 coal loader development in Newcastle.
Queensland Resources Council head Michael Roche has warned of the increasing threat to the gas industry from activists. Addressing the Queensland Petroleum Exploration (QUPEX) Association meeting yesterday, Roche stated that the gas industry is as much under threat as the coal mining industry.
T4 approval could see Newcastle 'short-changed' $48mil - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Concerns have been flagged that Newcastle may be short-changed out of millions of dollars in developer contributions from a proposed new coal terminal development. The Planning Department is recommending the $4.8 billion T4 proposal be approved by the independent Planning Assessment Commission.
Last week saw the NSW Planning Department recommend the Planning Assessment Commission approve the proposal to spend A$4.8 billion to develop a further 70 million tonne per annum (Mtpa) coal export facility at Newcastle Port.[i]
NEW Planning Minister Pru Goward has been urged to reinstate the rights of community members to potentially appeal in court the merits of the port's proposed fourth coal loader, should the huge project be approved.
Traffic, air quality and contamination a focus of coal loader review - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The independent panel assessing Newcastle's fourth coal loader has been asked to pay attention to several contentious issues while reviewing a recommendation for approval.
The T4 coal loader on Kooragang Island is a step closer to reality after being approved by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.
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Hunter environmental groups say they’re unfazed by the approval of Newcastle’s fourth coal terminal, now in the hands of the Planning Assessment Commission. A public hearing will be scheduled in the next few weeks and groups say it’ll be an ideal opportunity to overturn the project.
The Hunter Community Environment Centre has welcomed the referral to an independent commission. Spokesman John McKenzie said the hearing would show the project has very little community support. ‘‘The community feels the marginal economic return isn’t worth the costs to public health and our environment,’’ Mr McKenzie said. ‘‘T4 is a project whose benefits were overstated from the beginning.’’
The New South Wales Department of Planning is recommending the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) approve a controversial multi-billion dollar coal loader in Newcastle. Environmentalists are not giving up in their fight to stop the development of the fourth coal loader. The Hunter Community Environment Centre's Dr John Mackenzie says the independent planning commission should reject the proposal. "We're very hopeful that we can get a genuinely independent assessment coming from the Planning Assessment Commission," he said.
Hunter Community Confident that Independent Assessment will Rule Out T4 | Hunter Community Environment Centre
The Hunter Community Environment Centre has welcomed the referral of the T4 proposal to the PAC, and remain hopeful that the public hearing will provide the opportunity for a genuine independent and expert assessment of T4.
At a Port of Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners’ meeting earlier this month, Long Beach residents and community organizations raised concerns about the community health and environmental impacts of coal dust blowing off the uncovered rail cars in transit from the coal mines in Utah and Colorado to reach the California coast. Others raised deep concerns about the ethical problems with the Port shipping these dirty fuels overseas, where they’ll be burned in countries with little to no emissions controls, thereby contributing to exacerbating climate change.
THE NSW Department of Planning failed communities and was ‘‘hopelessly biased’’ towards the mining industry, a NSW Planning Assessment Commission panel heard yesterday during a public hearing into expansion of Glencore’s Bulga Coal mine. Lock the Gate Alliance spokesman Steve Phillips attacked the department as ‘‘an arm of the mining lobby’’, and cited recent Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) criticism of the department’s unquestioning acceptance of mining industry economic figures to make his case.
Labor environment spokesman Luke Foley, who initiated the inquiry, previously referred complaints about the alleged covering up of information about coal dust pollution along the Hunter's coal corridor to the Independent Commission Against Corruption.
Glencore has been accused of paying almost no tax in Australia over the last three years, whilst earning around $15 billion globally.