Front Line Action on Coal

It’s hard not to notice the broad smiles on Maules Creek farmers’ faces this week as the last two days gave the soil another good soaking. Frogs, lizards and other critters are becoming more noticeable as the creeks fill with life-giving water, a sight we have rarely seen in the six months we have been in the forest.

There might be another reason behind the smiles as the Maules Creek mine and its devastating impacts if it gets approved are now firmly on the national radar and the spin from Whitehaven about offsets, mine impacts and profitability have been exposed. That should focus Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke’s mind as he decides whether to approve the Maules Creek mine and part of Idemitsu’s Boggabri coal mine next Friday.

Unfortunately, despite the valiant efforts of nearby independent MP Tony Windsor, Burke will not be making a decision on impacts of the…

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