Aus Inst says economic benefits of mining industry 'exaggerated' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Economic and social thinktank The Australia Institute says profits from Hunter Valley mines flow almost entirely overseas. The Institute's executive director Richard Dennis says the industry makes "outrageous exaggerations" when it comes to claims of the economic benefits of mines. "There's no crime in lying to politicians but it is a crime to lie to judges," he said.
Mt Thorley Warkworth employees 'not giving up' on mine expansion - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
A Hunter mining engineer says workers at Rio Tinto's Mt Thorley Warkworth mine are not 'throwing in the towel' despite a major setback via an adverse court ruling. The company says 1,300 jobs are at risk if resubmitted plans are not approved quickly.
Port Waratah Coal Services (PWCS) has been ordered to pay more $38,000 in fines and court costs over a pollution incident in Newcastle Harbour two years ago.
PORT Waratah Coal Services has been ordered to pay more than $38,000 in fines and prosecution costs for allowing coal-contaminated water to escape into Newcastle Harbour.
Because the ultra fine particles reach all the way into the bottom of the lung, they can be absorbed and enter into the bloodstream. Cory-Slechta admitted that air pollution’s link to disorders like autism and schizophrenia was discovered almost by accident.
While it's up to the Planning Assessment Commission and the state government to make a decision on Wallarah 2, Kores says it's a "significantly different" proposal to the one rejected in 2011. But if the ownership and shape of the project have changed over the years, so have prevailing attitudes to the coal industry.
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.