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Department green-lights Mt Thorley and Warkworth | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 19 November 2014 - 9:04am
TWO major controversial Hunter Valley mining projects previously rejected by courts have been recommended for approval by the Department of Planning. The Mount Thorley and Warkworth projects to be reviewed by the Planning Assessment Commission in December boast direct capital investment of $715 million, $617 million in government royalties and continued employment for 1300 people.

How To Win The Media War Against Grassroots Activists: Stratfor's Strategies

Delicious feed - 18 November 2014 - 11:13am
Duchin replaced Pagan’s “fanatic activist leaders” with “radicals” and created a three-step formula to divide and conquer activists by breaking them up into four subtypes, as described in a 1991 speech delivered to the National Cattleman’s Association titled, “Take an Activist Apart and What Do You Have? And How Do You Deal with Him/Her?” The subtypes: “radicals, idealists, realists and opportunists.”

EPA recommends approval for new Bunbury Port berth and coal export facility - Media statements - Public notices

Delicious feed - 17 November 2014 - 9:03am
To control dust, coal will be stored in large sheds and transferred to ships in enclosed conveyors. This is considered to be industry best practice.

AirBeam: Share & Improve Your Air by HabitatMap — Kickstarter

Delicious feed - 17 November 2014 - 8:54am
Michael Heimbinder, Executive Director of HabitatMap, will be in New Orleans this weekend presenting HabitatMap’s community mapping platforms and programs at the Community Based Science for Action Conference. If you’re in the area, please drop by the conference or join us for the “toxic tour” of Plaquemines Parish, where the community has united against a coal export facility that is polluting their air and water. Thanks to Global Community Monitor and Public Laboratory for organizing the conference

CitizenAir

Delicious feed - 17 November 2014 - 8:52am
CitizenAir.Net is a place to openly communicate, share, and collaborate on air quality monitoring by groups, organizations, and government. It provides a space for people of various backgrounds and interests to discuss and exchange ideas related to air sensors, instruments, and applications. We hope it will enable discussions and information exchanges among developers, technologists, DIY'ers, artists, government officials, professors, community organizers, and citizens.

Record coal exports from Newcastle port | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 15 November 2014 - 1:30pm
THE Port of Newcastle set a new record for coal exports of 154million tonnes in the past financial year, with the Newcastle Port Corporation to pay a dividend of $15million into state coffers. The 2013-14 annual report, tabled to Parliament, says the port also set a monthly record for coal exports, in December last year when 15.1million tonnes was shipped. Annual coal exports were up from 142million tonnes in 2012-13, and trade overall lifted from 148.9million tonnes to 159.6million tonnes in 2013-14.

JOANNE McCARTHY: Let them eat coal dust | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 15 November 2014 - 8:32am
"Why should the mining industry be expected to be a reasonable neighbour and respect the status quo of leaving the Upper Hunter Shire area free of open cuts after how the equine industry treated the established Drayton workers?" Watts said in an email about the proposed West Muswellbrook project, which includes an open cut pit in the Upper Hunter.

Health groups call for govt action on coal | The Australian

Delicious feed - 14 November 2014 - 4:20pm
"It is clear, in this day and age, that we should be phasing out coal. It is highly polluting and is causing disastrous health impacts in communities across Australia," Public Health Association of Australia chief Michael Moore said in a statement. The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation says the union's voice and the weight of new research about the dangers of coal can no longer be ignored.

New mine plan revives battle for Upper Hunter: Coal v Foals | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 12 November 2014 - 8:32am
PLANS for a major new open cut coalmine will pit coal versus horses in the Upper Hunter’s Scone district for the first time, before the dust has even settled on the damaging Drayton South coalmine battle at Muswellbrook.

Minerals Council tells inquiry coal mines unfairly targeted by EPA - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Delicious feed - 12 November 2014 - 6:07am
CEO Barry Buffier said the trains themselves may pose an environmental challenge, but there is no evidence of increased health risk if the wagons are loaded and uncovered."There is no statistical difference between the level of particulate matter associated with loaded and unloaded coal trains and other freight trains," he said. "There was a significant statistical increase in particulate, compared with background levels, of about 10 per cent and suggested a high correlation with the use of diesel fuel by the locomotives."

10,000 want coal trains covered | The Maitland Mercury

Delicious feed - 12 November 2014 - 6:01am
“NSW Labor called for independent research on Hunter coal dust pollution last year and this petition supports the ongoing concern of Hunter residents that particle pollution from coal wagons is causing serious health problems,” Ms Hornery said.

Family lives with coal dust daily | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 11 November 2014 - 7:02am
BARELY a day passes when Tighes Hill resident Tess Lieberman doesn't wipe the coal dust off the table on her rear porch."It's a lot worse now than it used to be," said Ms Lieberman, who moved to the suburb eight years ago.

Trains stir up coal dust, EPA tells hearing | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 11 November 2014 - 6:44am
But if the minerals council thought the EPA was being too hard on coal, the community activist members of the coal terminal action group argued it was far too soft. John Mackenzie, James Whelan and Nick Higginbotham attacked the EPA over a coal train dust study that had most of its conclusions changed - including three that were reversed - in the days before its release in May last year.

EPA officials give evidence in parliamentary hearing in Newcastle

Delicious feed - 11 November 2014 - 6:35am
But if the minerals council thought the EPA was being too hard on coal, the community activist members of the coal terminal action group argued it was far too soft. John Mackenzie, James Whelan and Nick Higginbotham attacked the EPA over a coal train dust study that had most of its conclusions changed – including three that were reversed – in the days before its release in May last year.

Family lives with coal dust daily | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 10 November 2014 - 10:54pm
BARELY a day passes when Tighes Hill resident Tess Lieberman doesn't wipe the coal dust off the table on her rear porch. "It's a lot worse now than it used to be," said Ms Lieberman, who moved to the suburb eight years ago.

Four Ways the Pacific Climate Warrior Coal Blockade Reshaped the Future | Aaron Packard

Delicious feed - 7 November 2014 - 1:50pm
For a day the narrow channel of the world's largest coal port, the Port of Newcastle in Australia, became a nonviolent but intensely contested battlefield. On that day, October 17, 30 Pacific Climate Warriors from 12 different nations paddled out in hand carved traditional canoes, followed by hundreds of Australians in kayaks to confront the gigantic coal ships that pass through the channel. They were met head on not only by the ships, but also by an aggressive police force on the water who were determined to let the coal ships through.

​100 BMA coal mine jobs to go at Crinum | Mining Australia

Delicious feed - 7 November 2014 - 1:37pm
BMA will cut 100 positions from its Crinum mine as it ramps down longwall development ahead of schedule.

​BHP cuts jobs at Mt Arthur coal mine | Mining Australia

Delicious feed - 4 November 2014 - 12:43pm
BHP has announced a new round of cuts at its Mt Arthur coal mine in the Hunter Valley. Around 150 positions will go from the site by the end of February next year.According to the miner it comes after a review of the operations. BHP’s NSW coal head Peter Sharpe explained that the changes are being carried out in an effort to ‘reset the operation’s cost base

‘Coal exports a killer for thousands’, says ANU academic Elizabeth Hanna | The Australian

Delicious feed - 4 November 2014 - 9:48am
TONY Abbott’s declaration that coal is good for humanity has been attacked by Australian ­National University academic ­Elizabeth Hanna, who warns thousands of people will be ­sentenced to death if Australia keeps exporting it.

End Coal | Myth 2: Coal is Clean

Delicious feed - 3 November 2014 - 9:41am
Pollution controls can remove sulphur dioxide, nitrous oxides, PM2.5 and mercury from the smokestacks. However, installing these pollution controls can add hundreds of millions of dollars to the cost of a new coal plant, making them more expensive than other renewable options, and discouraging their adoption. Today many countries continue to build new coal plants and run existing coal plants without modern pollution controls, seriously affecting the health of their citizens.

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