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Judge Rules Against Coal Terminal In Plaquemines Parish | WWNO

Delicious feed - 7 January 2015 - 1:41pm
A state judge has ruled that the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources was too quick in granting a permit for a proposed coal export terminal in Plaquemines Parish. State Judge Kevin D. Conner in Belle Chasse ruled that the state agency should not have granted a permit to RAM Terminals LLC because too little research was done into alternative locations for the terminal. Conner ordered DNR to re-evaluate the permit. His ruling was dated Dec. 23 but the plaintiffs received notice of it on Tuesday. The coal terminal has become a point of contention. Some residents and environmentalists oppose it. They argue the terminal will pollute the area and that trains carrying coal to the facility pose dangers to neighborhoods the trains would run through.

Recycling mines in bid to capitalise on rubbish | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 1 January 2015 - 3:41pm
MUSWELLBROOK Shire Council has applied to the NSW Department of Planning to use a coalmine void as a possible region-wide waste site. The extension of the council’s existing operations – already located in an old open-cut mine void – to include a second Muswellbrook Coal void  would ‘‘future-proof’’ waste management services for not only the shire but the whole  Hunter.

Two Central West coal operations in environmental audit - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Delicious feed - 1 January 2015 - 3:39pm
An audit of coal loading and unloading facilities has found two in the Central West need to take measures to reduce coal dust emissions during rail transport. The Wilpinjong mine near Mudgee and Ivanhoe Coal's Lidsdale coal loading facility near Lithgow have been ordered to make environmental improvements

Pressures on coal show no signs of ending

Delicious feed - 29 December 2014 - 8:15pm
Peabody is carrying $US5.5 billion in net debt. While the pension scheme for its management is 90 per cent funded, its retired workers' pension liabilities of $US735 million are zero funded. Then there is mine remediation. For Peabody, there are $US713 million in company assessed remediation liabilities against which surety bonds of $568 million are held to cover overall clean-up costs as at December 2013

Scaled-back plans for Drayton South mine | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 28 December 2014 - 11:54pm
ANGLO American has presented a scaled-back third version of its Drayton South mine project to the NSW Government this week and criticised the planning process as ‘‘circuitous and tortuous’’. The company has reduced the number of pits from four to two, halved coal production to 75 million tonnes, and reduced the mine’s life from 27 years to 15 after the NSW Planning Assessment Commission rejected its second bid in October.

Port Kembla Coal Terminal snubs audit | Illawarra Mercury

Delicious feed - 24 December 2014 - 1:58pm
In response to the audit, the EPA has not levelled any penalties and instead says it is helping the coal terminal develop an action program, to be implemented by March next year. But PKCT has openly rejected the EPA's authority, refusing to accept the ruling of non-compliance, and shrugging off the action plan order.

Industry implementing coal train dust management improvements | Hunter Valley News

Delicious feed - 24 December 2014 - 1:56pm
THE Hunter coal industry has announced a series of operational improvements to reduce potential dust emissions from coal trains operating in the Hunter Valley coal chain, following the initiation of industry-led studies earlier this year. “While the studies are ongoing, the preliminary outcomes suggest that while a lot of good practices are in place throughout the coal chain there are some further improvements that can be made,” NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee said.

Two Central West coal operations in environmental audit - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Delicious feed - 23 December 2014 - 8:39am
Ivanhoe Coal's loading facility at Lidsdale near Lithgow was issued with two code orange for a medium level seriousness of environmental breach and two of the lower code yellows. Ivanhoe Coal must make four improvements to ensure there are not spills when trucks fill up coal trains and that wagons are properly maintained. TheWilpinjong mine near Mudgee received two code yellows. It's been ordered to undertake work to minimise coal dust escaping from the tops of wagons and that loading equipment is properly maintained.

Locking the gate on mine expansion | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 22 December 2014 - 10:54am
THE Ashton South East open-cut coalmine near Camberwell has been dealt a show-stopping blow in the Land and Environment Court, with conditions placed on its approval almost certainly ensuring it can not proceed. In August residents lost an appeal against the expansion of the Chinese-controlled  Yancoal mine, but Justice Nicola Pain set conditions on the approval. The Newcastle Herald has learnt one of those conditions  requires Yancoal to acquire all the land in the lease in order to open.

Big Coal’s 2014 nightmare : Renew Economy

Delicious feed - 21 December 2014 - 8:20am
Around the world the coal industry has been confronted with unprecedented opposition – from frontline communities opposing new mines or polluting power stations to the burgeoning divestment movement. As community opposition has grown and the industry has been engulfed in scandals of its own making, political and financial support for the industry has waned. All the indications are that 2015 may well be the year in which Big Coal’s transition towards ‘Little Coal’ accelerates.

Hunter coal mine expansion back on the table - ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Delicious feed - 21 December 2014 - 8:12am
Dr Ewald says the modelling of PM 10 (Atmospheric particulate matter) done for the EIS has given results that do not match the observed air quality in the nearby village of Bulga, where there has been an EPA monitor for the last three years. "The environmental impact statement predicts annual PM 10 at Bulga of less than 15 ug/m3, but the EPA results show that it was 19.2 last year and trending upwards," he said.

Projects shortchange community $53m | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 20 December 2014 - 3:36pm
NEWCASTLE ratepayers will be shortchanged by up to $53million by two developments that cleared the Planning Assessment Commission this week. But the commission itself has joined the growing number of critics of a state government framework that it says is confusing and inconsistent. The $4.8billion fourth coal terminal proposed by Port Waratah Coal Services and the $600million ammonium nitrate plant proposed by Incitec Pivot were both given the nod by the PAC this week and will now go to the Planning Minister for a final green light.

T4 coal terminal approval - disaster for the Hunter and climate action | Lee Rhiannon

Delicious feed - 20 December 2014 - 12:16pm
NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon says the approval of a fourth coal terminal for Newcastle will lock the people of the Hunter into an expanded local coal industry at a time when the world is turning its back on coal. "There is no future in coal. Even the federal government's MYEFO report predicts a flatline of the price of thermal coal well into 2016," said Senator Rhiannon. "A new coal terminal locks the people of the Hunter further into a system that is already failing them. 

Critics pan T4 coal terminal approval | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 20 December 2014 - 12:15pm
MORE environment groups have criticised the Planning Assessment Commission’s recommendation that the fourth coal terminal go ahead. Nature Conservation Council chief executive Kate Smolksi said the commission’s recommendation was another instance where the coal industry’s interests had been put ahead of the environment, communities, and public health.

Fears for wildlife if coal-loader goes ahead | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 17 December 2014 - 9:51am
HUNTER bird watchers fear the fourth coal loader will reduce the worldwide population of migratory shorebirds. The project, which the Planning Assessment Commission recommended proceed, will destroy an area of the Kooragang wetland where migrating birds from Asia reside. ‘‘We are disappointed it has been recommended for approval; there is absolutely no question that habitat will be lost,’’ Hunter Bird Observers Club spokeswoman Ann Lindsey said.

$5bil Newcastle T4 coal terminal gets PAC thumbs up - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Delicious feed - 17 December 2014 - 9:47am
A $5 billion new coal loading terminal in the Port of Newcastle has been recommended for approval, despite the softening coal market and strong community objections. The fourth coal export terminal in Newcastle, known as T4, will expand capacity at the world's largest coal export port by another 70 million tonnes per annum.

Nine arrested in Newcastle blocking Maules Creek train - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Delicious feed - 15 December 2014 - 3:48pm
Nine people have been arrested after blockading the first train load of coal coming from the Maules Creek coal mine at Narrabri to Newcastle's Kooragang Island.

Mining, horse and wine industry representatives front PAC hearing - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Delicious feed - 10 December 2014 - 4:42pm
The Planning Assessment Commission has been told a proposed Hunter Valley coal mine could devastate the thoroughbred industry in the same way another mine affected the local wine industry.

BELLINGHAM: Crowdfunding goal met for Bellingham coal train air-pollution study | Local News | The Bellingham Herald

Delicious feed - 9 December 2014 - 11:50am
Jaffe is part of a group of scientists studying air and noise pollution, and road-traffic congestion, from coal trains to further understand the impacts of the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point. The group will submit its results to Whatcom County and the state Department of Ecology, which are drafting an environmental impact statement on the proposed coal terminal. If approved, the terminal would begin shipping up to 48 million tons a year of Wyoming and Montana coal to Asian ports as early as 2019. If all the additional trains brought by the terminal — nine loaded coal trains and nine empties — went through Bellingham, they would more than double the current train traffic.

Planning Assessment Commission under fire from miners, ombudsman

Delicious feed - 4 December 2014 - 11:38am
The NSW Ombudsman has told the Planning Assessment Commission, which rules on some of the state's biggest development proposals, to clean up its act after it emerged the organisation failed to properly collate or disclose the financial interests of its decision-makers or adequately record private meetings with developers. It comes amid mining industry claims that activists wielding hand puppets and musical instruments have hijacked the commission's hearings. An industry taskforce called for the commission to be abolished.

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