21 October 2015 Legislative Council, NSW Parliament 2nd Reading - Mining and Petroleum Legislation Amendment Package of Bills 2015 The Hon. ADAM SEARLE (Leader of the Opposition) [3.40 p.m.]: I lead for the Opposition on the Mining and Petroleum Legislation Amendment (Grant of Coal and Petroleum Prospecting Titles) Bill 2015, the Mining and Petroleum Legislation Amendment (Land Access Arbitration) Bill 2015, the Mining and Petroleum Legislation Amendment (Harmonisation) Bill 2015, the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum) Legislation Amendment (Harmonisation) Bill 2015 and the Protection of the Environment Operations Amendment (Enforcement of Gas and Other Petroleum Legislation) Bill 2015. I state at the outset that the Opposition will not be opposing the bills but we will be proposing constructive improvements. This package of five bills contains what can fairly be described as significant changes to the law and the administration of the mining and petroleum industries of this State. This package will significantly overhaul the laws that regulate mining and exploration licences, the assessment of mining leases, workplace health and safety regulation, and the enforcement of land access arbitration in the mining of petroleum industries. It will legislate to make the environmental protection authority responsible for investigating and instituting proceedings for petroleum offences and other offences under other environmental legislation as a step towards making the NSW Environment Protection Authority [EPA] the single regulator for all environmental offences in this State. The Government will no doubt claim that the bills taken together implement the recommendations made by the Chief Scientist and Engineer in her September 2014 report titled "Final Report of the Independent Review of Coal Seam Gas Activities in NSW". The legislation in relation to the granting of coal and prospecting titles and the harmonisation provisions modernises and updates many of the provisions that deal with the allocation and administration of various titles. Indeed, it ensures a consistent approach across the resources sector so that petroleum is essentially brought into the same regulatory regime. It also implements a range of other new measures and brings the petroleum sector under the same occupational health and safety regime as currently applies in the minerals and other resources sector. The enforcement bill provides for the EPA to take on more directly the regulatory functions it now performs under delegations. The Chief Scientist and Engineer made 16 recommendations in her September 2014 report, and 12 or 13 of those recommendations were of such a nature as to be appropriate to be implemented through legislation. What is notable about the legislative package before the House is not only its content but also, more notably, what it lacks. No action has been taken on 10 of the 13 recommendations made by the Chief Scientist and Engineer which we think, for more abundant caution and safety, need legislative underpinning in order to make effective any administrative action that is taken. I will now briefly enumerate those recommendations where, as we see it, there has been no action..... FULL TRANSCRIPT AT http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/HansArt.nsf/V3Key/LC20151021033?open&refNavID=HA8_1
Views: 35 Adam Searle MLC
Australia's government is changing the law in order to get a mining project over the line. Carmichael coal mine is already controversial for environmental reasons. Now, legislation protecting land rights for Aboriginal people is being altered, in order to move forward with development. Al Jazeera’s Andrew Thomas reports from Mackay in Northern Queensland - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
Views: 11670 Al Jazeera English
The east of Australia is in the grip of drought. Parts of the states of New South Wales and Victoria received virtually no rain at all over the Australian winter, and that lack of rain came after more than a year of much-dryer-than-average conditions. Farmers across the country are struggling to grow crops and feed their animals. "The grind of a drought gets to you. You get a 50 kilometre per hour wind blowing in your face all day and there's a bit of dust mixed through it and you've still got to feed your stock and that .... It's just the fact that you're out there every day and things are going backwards not forwards," says sheep and cattle farmer Wayne Dunford. Agriculture contributes three percent to Australia's gross domestic product (GDP). The industry is worth more $40bn a year and directly employs 300,000 people. It also has a unique place in the Australian psyche - and in politics. "This is a way of life that is important to Australia's future. And as a result of that I think that means there's a special responsibility here," says Prime Minister Scott Morrison. "I'll make sure that way of life continues to be preserved." The way colonial settlers tamed a rugged land to produce crops and graze animals is part of Australia's history and has become part of its self-identity. Even though most Australians live in cities, they have a strong affinity with what's known as 'the bush'; and have sympathy for those growing their food there. Linda Botterill is a political scientist who has worked in the offices of two government ministers for agriculture. She says the political attachment to farming is rooted in Australians' cultural affinity with those who work the land. "Drought makes great television. And in Australia - visually - our droughts are really confronting. So people in the city who don't necessarily understand the economics of agriculture - who have this deep cultural sympathy for farmers - want their governments to act." Australia's national and state governments have just announced an aid package worth almost $2bn for farmers hit by drought. But what used to be an uncontroversial government expenditure is now, for the first time, attracting critical eyes. Disapproving economists say that aid packages unlike any in other industries distort the agriculture industry. They also claim subsidies keep uneconomic farms alive artificially and discourage necessary prudence and innovation. "If you want to be in agriculture then you've got to take the good and the bad times," says Melbourne-based economist John Freebairn. "I feel sympathy for them. But ... farmers voluntarily choose farming .... From the perspective of individual farmers and of the nation, we would want them to be involved in farming if on average the money they make during the good times will carry them through the bad times. If the farmer can't do that and the country can't do that, then we're better off shifting those people to some other activity," he says. "Why subsidise farming but not tourism or manufacturing or restaurants? ... You're really taking resources away from one side of the economy ... to subsidise the agricultural sector. Why would you want a bigger agricultural sector and a smaller services and manufacturing sector?" As eastern Australia is in the grip of drought, what is the best solution for the country and its farmers? Talk to Al Jazeera travelled to inland New South Wales to talk to farmers about how bad this drought has been and to those who are now questioning financial help for farmers. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/
Views: 5649 Al Jazeera English
"A lot of workers are worried that the mine is not taking this activity seriously enough and they do have concerns about safety," Newcrest were unable to confirm whether the recent earthquakes had contributed to the dam’s wall failure.
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This 53 minute lecture is aimed at international students studying planning and environmental courses at a university level in Australia. It provides a brief overview of the four levels of government: international; national/Australian; State/Territory; and local government. The slides for the lecture are available at http://envlaw.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Slides-for-government-in-Australia-9-March-2016.pdf
Views: 1388 Chris McGrath
Lecture on the main national environmental laws in Australia, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (EPBC Act). Delivered in May 2015 by Dr Chris McGrath as part of a course on environmental law at The University of Queensland.
Views: 2461 Chris McGrath
31 May 2017 Legislative Council, NSW Parliament 2nd Reading Speech - Mining and Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 The Hon. ADAM SEARLE ( 16:57 ): I lead for the Opposition on the Mining and Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill 2017. I indicate that the Opposition does not oppose the legislation. The object of the bill is to amend the Mining Act 1992, the Mining Regulation 2016 and the Petroleum (Onshore Act 1991 to clarify how those activities that are now known as mining purposes, to be called "ancillary mining activities" in the future, are carried out in connection with mining leases and regulated under the Mining Act. For example, this bill will permit the consolidation of multiple ancillary mining activities into a single mining title. At present there might be a primary mining title and then multiple and separate titles regulating each individual ancillary mining activity taking place in conjunction with the primary mining operation. These are typically to do with tailings, dams, stockpiles of displaced soils and other works. This is to make sure that they can all be consolidated into the one title and regulated more simply. The bill also makes further provision in relation to the giving of enforceable undertakings under the Mining Act and Petroleum (Online) Act and the enforcement of those instruments. For example, it requires those undertakings, including any variations made to them, to be published publicly. It will enable the secretary of the department to apply to the NSW Land and Environment Court rather than the District Court for an order if a person contravenes an enforceable undertaking under the mining and petroleum acts, whether or not proceedings have been instituted for an offence for the contravention of the enforceable undertaking. At present if the court is satisfied that the person who made the enforceable undertaking has contravened the undertaking of the court, in addition to imposing any penalty it may also make orders directing the person to comply with the undertaking, an order discharging the undertaking and any other order the court considers appropriate in the circumstances. This includes orders directing the person to pay to the State the costs of the proceedings and the reasonable costs of the secretary in monitoring compliance with the enforceable undertaking in the future. This bill adds to that and makes it clear that those applications can now take place in the Land and Environment Court, not just the District Court. This is a rare example perhaps of this Government taking a jurisdiction from a generalist court of a lower stature, such as the District Court, and giving it to a superior court of record equivalent to the Supreme Court and the Land and Environment Court and giving it specialist jurisdiction. It is a bit like the reverse of the work, health and safety jurisdiction being taken out of the industrial court and sent down to the District Court. There is a little irony there. The legislation also permits proceedings to deal with breaches of enforceable undertakings to be dealt with summarily in the Land and Environment Court. That is a sensible provision to make clear. The legislation makes further provision in relation to offences under the Mining Act and the Petroleum Act regarding the furnishing of false or misleading information. It significantly increases the penalties and makes them consistent with offences under the Mining Act, the Petroleum Act, the Protection of the Environment Operations Act, the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act and the Biodiversity Conservation Act. Penalties are increased from $55,000 to $220,000 for individuals and from $110,000 to $1.1 million as a maximum penalty for corporations. We welcome that aspect of the legislation. The legislation makes other miscellaneous amendments regarding the administration and enforcement of the Mining Act and the Petroleum Act. I note that all relevant stakeholders in the sector appear to have been consulted including the Minerals Council and the mining division of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union. The Minerals Council is not happy with aspects of the legislation but not so unhappy that it would oppose it. We have no difficulties with the legislation before the House.
Views: 8 Adam Searle MLC
The NSW Government has released A New Planning System for NSW White Paper and draft legislation for public comment. In this video EDO NSW solicitors discuss the proposed changes and how you can get involved. You can have your say on the proposed changes to the planning system until Friday 28 June 2013. Visit our website for more information: www.edonsw.org.au * EDO NSW is an independent community legal centre specialising in public interest environmental and planning law.
Views: 244 EDO NSW
This new law will dramatically increase penalties for people who protest against mining and coal seam gas projects. Most of the people who protest against these projects are doing it because they feel the Government is not listening to the people of Australia who are very concerned that coal and coal seam gas will irreparably destroy our food producing areas and contaminate our water supplies. It is a fundamental Human right to have clean water, we want to make sure we protect our water sources, including the Great Artesian Basin from mining contamination for future generations to come. The NSW government has proposed that protesters caught trespassing on mining sites receive a $5500 fine, up from $550. In contrast, Boggabri Coal, Whitehaven Coal and Santos have all received smaller fines for impacting the environment or operating outside their approval. Santos was fined just $1500 for contaminating an aquifer near its Narrabri Gas Project, which was found to have uranium at levels 20 times higher than safe drinking-water guidelines. These new laws need to be seriously considered, do you think protecting our food growing areas and water deserves the same jail time as recklessly wounding a person, or allowing your premises to be used for child prostitution. There is no comparison between these crimes. These NSW anti protest laws will result in people charged with this new law taking their cases to the High court. They will then have to work out whether the laws do have a legitimate purpose and if that legitimate purpose is being pursued in a legitimate manner. And if not, these laws run the risk of being constitutionally invalid. All at a considerable cost to the Government and taxpayer. This law can also be taken to higher jurisdiction courts under article 61 of the Magna Carta, the founding document of our constitution, which states we have the right to enter into lawful rebellion if we feel we are being governed unjustly. This law is definitely unjust.
Views: 566 Melinda Wilson
Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) Induction film for work experience and work for dole participants. Provides a comprehensive overview of occupational health and safety protocol and regulations within Australia. OH&S - Health and Safety Induction An Into People Inc. production. http://www.intopeopleinc.org
Views: 119177 Into People Inc
Read Aunty Beve's Open Letter: http://wakeup-world.com/2014/01/06/open-letter-from-aboriginal-elder-protect-our-sacred-womens-fertility-site/ New Zealand based sandmining company, Rocla, is planning to build a mine on a sacred Aboriginal Women's Fertility Rites songline and teaching place, in Calga on the Central Coast NSW. Original Elder 'Auntie' Beve had made it her mission to make all Australians aware of how significant this loss would be -- to help them fully understand the Cultural importance of this site, and why it must not be destroyed. Read more: http://wakeup-world.com/2014/01/06/open-letter-from-aboriginal-elder-protect-our-sacred-womens-fertility-site/ To voice your opinion on the proposed mining development and help Auntie Beve protect this important ancient ceremonial women's site, please contact the NSW Premier and the Ministers for Heritage and Aboriginal Affairs: Barry O'Farrell Premier, and Minister for Western Sydney: Phone (02) 9228 5239 Fax (02) 9228 3935 http://www.premier.nsw.gov.au/contact-premier-new-south-wales Robyn Parker NSW Minister for the Environment, and Minister for Heritage: Phone (+612) 9228 5253 Fax (+612) 9228 5763 [email protected] Victor Dominello NSW Minister for Citizenship and Communities, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs: Phone (+612) 9228 4333 Fax (+612) 9228 4392 [email protected]
Views: 8500 Wake Up World
This is nothing short of a political, civil and human rights crisis right here in our backyard, delivered courtesy governments intent on meeting useless Kyoto obligations, totalitarian control over primary producers and business people.
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In June 2016 Landcare NSW invited EDO NSW to join panel discussions around the state on the Government’s Biodiversity Law Reforms. Where we couldn’t appear in person, we prepared this 10-minute overview of our take on the proposals, and 10 opportunities for law reform. See EDO NSW's page dedicated to the review at http://www.edonsw.org.au/biodiversity_legislation_review About EDO NSW We’re a community legal centre established 31 years ago to help people understand how environmental and planning laws work, and how to use the law to protect their environment. We get over 1000 calls a year to our free legal advice line, two-thirds from regional and rural areas. We also publish guides to the law for rural landholders, and on topics like private land conservation and mining laws.
Views: 279 EDO NSW
ENOUGH ALREADY! Scientists say we must rapidly phase out coal, yet NSW continues to approve new coal mines. Check out and share this video where I outline the Greens' serious plan to phase out thermal coal in the next 10 years, limiting the amount of coal that can be mined to 1 billion tonnes. Australia is the world's largest coal exporter, accounting for a whopping 38.3% of global seaborne coal exports! Ending coal exports from Australia is the biggest single contribution we could make to stopping climate change. Over 90% of the coal we mine is for export so, even if we change our domestic electricity generation to 100% renewable, if we continue coal mining our contribution to global warming will still be massive. The Greens plan would: * Cap the amount of thermal coal that can be mined in NSW over the next decade at one billion tonnes. After 10 years all thermal coal mines would be closed in NSW; * Require mining companies to take part in a competitive auction to purchase the right to mine coal in line with caps during the phase out period; * Allocate mining royalties earned during the phase out to a transition fund for affected workers and regional economies. * Legislate to ensure that no compensation is payable to coal mining and fossil fuel exploration companies. Investors have been aware of the potential impact of addressing climate change on their industry for many decades. No action will see 2 billion tonnes of coal mined in NSW over the next decade. We have a climate emergency and the failure by successive governments to act earlier means we need a rapid transition. Every day we delay will make the transition harder and the consequences of climate change worse.
Views: 60 Jeremy Buckingham
Small taste of the most unusual workplace safety training video ever produced.. A Reaper's Guide to OHS. This 4 min safety scene can be shown as an icebreaker for any workplace safety training session. Complete version: https://www.channel1.com.au/product/a-reapers-guide-to-ohs/ whilst entertaining and engaging, provides a general overview of occupational health and safety.
Views: 980216 Channel 1 Creative Media
This animation provides an overview of the coal seam gas extraction process, from drilling the well to what happens to the extracted gas and water. Also explained are some potential impacts of coal seam gas development and the technique used to increase the rate of gas and water flow, known as hydraulic fracturing (fraccing). For more information about coal seam or shale gas and current research on the social and environmental impacts of Australia’s gas industry visit http://www.csiro.au/Outcomes/Energy/Energy-from-oil-and-gas/UnconventionalGas.aspx and http://www.gisera.org.au Video transcript available here: http://www.csiro.au/news/transcripts/YouTubeTranscripts/2014/Aug/Unearthing-coal-seam-gas.html
Views: 19089 CSIRO
Environmental groups are attempting to prove the effects of climate change would be worsened by the expansion of a coal mine at Ulan in the NSW Hunter Valley.
Views: 116 ABC News (Australia)
Take Action There are several actions currently available to the public for (a) opposing the mine and (b) holding its proponents accountable. Call and write the Eurobodalla Shire Council & Mayor. Demand that an appeal against Modification 3 be initiated through the NSW Land and Environment Court. The window for appeal is 28 days from the PAC determination 10/08/2016 - 7/09/2016. Get your submissions in for the federal assessment of Modification 3. The Department of Environment is assessing Mod 3 against the EPBC Act (Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act). The official focus is 'impacts on threatened species', but a flood of general objection will not go astray. Here are the details: DGM EPBC Advertisement. Make sure you copy in the Department of Environment via this email address: [email protected] Use the subject line: EPBC Referral 2015/7539: Big Island Mining Pty Ltd_Mining_Majors Creek Road, Majors Creek_NSW_Dargues Gold Mine Third Modification. The deadline is August 17, 2016. If this is your first submission, see How to Engage with Bullshit to get you started. Report foul play by government departments to the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption. The definition of corrupt behaviour is stated here. Note that corruption is present when: 'a public official... exercises his or her official functions in a partial manner, [or] breaches public trust..'. For example, state planning authorities issuing successive approvals to a mining company, against the stated will and best interests of the public, and at long-term risk to our health, livelihoods, and happiness. You can fill in the details based on your reading of reports issued by the NSW Department of Planning and the Planning Assessment Commission (available here - look at 'recommendations' and 'determinations' for the original approval through to Mod 3). Cite evidence, name names.
Views: 17 Region X Batemans Bay
The NSW mining industry's Environment and Community Conference, "Changing Times: Take the Lead" was held from 23-25 October 2011 in Wollongong. Over 300 delegates gathered to share best practice and discuss how to keep improving the NSW mining industry around the themes of rehabilitation, air quality and its relationship with communities. This wrap of the conference includes vox-pops with delegates and interviews with keynote speakers including the environmentalist Professor Tim Flannery, Major General Jim Molan, former Chief of Operations for the Coalition in Iraq and the International Finance Corporation's Marcus Vaena.
Views: 196 NSW Mining
Ian Turnbull Shot & Killed A 51 Year-Old Tamworth-based Official from the Department of Land & Environment, at or around 6 PM on 29th July 2014, while the Public Servant was attempting to Serve Mr Turnbull with Legal Doccuments relating to a longstanding Prosecution faced by Mr Turnbull as a result of his actions in Illegally Clearing over 1,000 Acres of Cri ically-Important Habitat for the Koalas, which have been classed as being "Protected" for about a Century, & "Endangered" for Decades... The deceased man was merely doing his job, upholding the Law, & Mr Ian Turnbull was petulantly angry that he was being called to account for illegally trying to feed more than 2,500 Acres of Endangered Koalas to his Bank Balance...; so the Agricultural Fantasist/Environmental Vandal/Ecological TERRORIST Geriatric shot the "Pesky Bloody Interfering Government Greenie Mongrel Bastard.." ! Q... How many Farmers have the Government or the Greenies shot & killed...? A... None... Q... Since it's the Rednecked Farmers (& Miners, & the PoLice who protect the aforesaid from any potential Environmental, or Animal Rights, Protestors) who're prone to use actual Violence to express their fanatical Politics...; why is it that the Australian Federal Minister for Agriculture (Aggro-Kultur), Barnaby Joyce, persists in portraying Environmentalists & Animal Rights Activists as being "Terrorists" ? A... Barnybaby Joyce is in league with the forces of Corruption via Crony Capitalism, perhaps ? Having shot a Government Employee going about his duty, Ian Turnbull has revealed himself as the first Political Terrorist to have scored himself a Kill on the Australian Mainland, in All HISTORY...; & Senator George Brandis & all his A.S.I.O. Spooks have STILL got their Heads wedged up their own Arseholes worrying about the potential threat posed by returning Expatriot Australian Moslems who maybe might be radicalised & tending towards Violence, after their flirtation with playing at Jihad... Situation Normal, All Fuctim Uppitys..! I can't reply to anything, but I do enjoy reading the Comments which manage to appear.
Views: 1614 WarblesOnALot
DUST TO ROOTS is the culmination of weeks of preparation, production, and post production by a team of geology students comprised of Ralph Delatore, Arianne Espina, and Alwin Robel (with the group name Envigeoists). The purpose of this documentary is to inform and educate the public on what mining really is: the purpose of the industry and its benefits, and how it must be done responsibly. For most people, mining has this ugly appearance due to the nature of the industry. It is the reason for their quick judgement on how it is destructive to our environment. Oftentimes, the social benefits it bring in a community are overlooked. But, through the mine rehabilitation, the mining industry and environmental sustainability can go together and bring development in a community. The creators of this film documentary are enrolled under the course Environmental Conflicts and Social Change (CHE99) under the School of Chemical, Biological, and Materials Engineering and Sciences of Mapúa University handled by Professor Dante Bernabe. The team acknowledge and thank Mr. Dante Bernabe (Course Professor), Mr. Teodorico Marquez Jr. (MGB Mine Safety, Environment, and Social Development Division's Senior Science Research Specialist, resource person) , and Engr. Marcial Mateo (MGB Mine Safety, Environment, and Social Development Division's Chief of Mine Rehabilitation Section) for making this documentary possible. And also, to Inda, Sebastian, Lorenzo, Danilo, Johnny, and Raphael who allowed the team to get their opinions. To know more about the mining in the Philippines and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, visit http://www.mgb.gov.ph/ #Mining #ResponsibleMining #Environment #EnvironmentalSustainability #SocialDevelopment
Views: 189 Ralph Delatore
11 October 2017 Legislative Council, NSW Parliament 2nd Reading Speech - Environmental Planning & Assessment Amendment (Sydney Drinking Water Catchment) Bill 2017 The Hon. ADAM SEARLE ( 20:31 ): I lead for the Labor Opposition in debate on the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Sydney Drinking Water Catchment) Bill 2017. I state at the outset that the Labor Opposition will be supporting the measures in this bill that secure the supply of electricity to the State. The problem this State is facing is largely one of the Government's own making—a theme that I will develop during my contribution. The object of the bill before the House is to amend the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and the State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Drinking Water Catchment) 2011 to do three things. First, it will validate the development consent granted on 21 September 2015 relating to the Springvale mine extension. The Labor Opposition wholeheartedly supports this measure. Secondly, the bill will validate any other development consent that would have been valid under the test as the bill purports to clarify, or in reality will have been changed by, this legislation. Thirdly, the legislation claims to be clarifying the application of the neutral or beneficial water quality test, the so-called NorBE test, in the case of a development application for the continuation of development under an existing development consent relating to the Sydney drinking water catchment. However, in reality it is not clarifying the application of that test; it is changing the law. It is changing the State environmental planning policy and it is changing the authorising legislation in section 34B of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. The Labor Opposition does not support the second and third measures for reasons that I will outline. We will move amendments that seek to remove those provisions from the bill. It is useful to understand how we came to be in this situation. Springvale is an underground mine about 15 kilometres north-west of Lithgow, near the Blue Mountains where I live. I am happy to declare that interest. It undermines the Newnes State Forest on the edge of the Blue Mountains World Heritage area. It mines 4.5 million tonnes of coal per year, using longwall techniques and supplies coal, as the Minister outlined, to Mount Piper power station, as well as to the Port Kembla coal export terminal. As the Minister also outlined, in recent years several other mines in the area that could have supplied coal to Mount Piper have closed, as has the Wallerawang power station. Springvale is now the only local source of coal for Mount Piper and, with that power station, is the largest local employer. The mine and the power station each employ roughly 300 full-time equivalent staff—600 in total. That is without taking into account the so-called downstreaming effects of the expenditure of local incomes in the local economy. Taking a conservative estimate, if those jobs were to be taken out of the local economy the direct hit for local businesses would probably be something like $15 million and the multiplying effect could be as high as $100 million. On any analysis, that would be devastating to not only the social fabric of the community but also the local economy. In 2006 the Environment Protection Authority [EPA] instructed the mine to begin transferring wastewater to Wallerawang Power Station for treatment and reuse to avoid dumping it in the Sydney drinking water upper catchment and the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. When Wallerawang closed in November 2014, the water treatment plant was decommissioned and the environment protection licence for the mine was altered to allow the water to be discharged instead. Springvale is now licensed to discharge 19 megalitres of water from its discharge point into Sawyers Swamp Creek and the Coxs River—the second largest stream flowing into the Warragamba Dam, which supplies Sydney's drinking water. This water comes from the coal seams being mined. It is highly saline and contains heavy metals. On a number of occasions the EPA has found Springvale to be in breach of its licence for exceeding limits on various forms of discharge, not only saline..... FULL TRANSCRIPT AT https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/Hansard/Pages/HansardResult.aspx#/docid/HANSARD-1820781676-74547/link/95
Views: 14 Adam Searle MLC
See Aboriginal elders practice ancient rituals and protest government collusion with mining companies that is destroying a sacred river in Australia's Northern Territory. This scene comes from the Islands of Sanctuary episode of the four-part series, Standing on Sacred Ground. The episode also shows Native Hawaiians using indigenous ecological and spiritual practices to restore the sacred island of Kaho`olawe after 50 years of military use as a bombing range. Standing on Sacred Ground chronicles indigenous people in eight communities around the world standing up for their traditional sacred lands in defense of cultural survival, human rights and the environment. Watch them stand against industrial mega-projects, consumer culture, resource extraction, competing religions, tourists and climate change. Standing on Sacred Ground was produced by the Sacred Land Film Project, http://sacredland.org, a project of Earth Island Institute. To deepen public understanding of sacred places, indigenous cultures and environmental justice, the Film Project produces a variety of media and educational materials—films, videos, DVDs, articles, photographs, school curricula and other materials. The Sacred Land Film Project uses journalism, organizing and activism to rekindle reverence for land, increase respect for cultural diversity, stimulate dialogue about connections between nature and culture, and protect sacred lands and diverse spiritual practices. If you enjoyed this clip, please consider supporting our ongoing work by visiting http://standingonsacredground.org/ and clicking Donate.
Views: 1750 Sacred Land Film Project
On 16 April 2013 the NSW Government released its Planning White Paper, along with draft legislation, for 10 weeks consultation until Friday 28 June. The White Paper sets out the Government's vision for a new planning system to replace the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW). In this video, EDO NSW* lawyers give an overview of the White Paper's key themes, aims and objectives, and how the community can engage in the new planning system. See Parts 1 and 3 of this series for more. * EDO NSW is an independent community legal centre specialising in public interest environmental and planning law.
Views: 143 EDO NSW
A training video for miners, giving them an overview of their rights and responsibilities granted them by the 1977 Federal Mine Safety and Health Act. Based on a 20-year-old script, this video was produced by eIMAGE for the California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health. Read more at https://www.eimage.com/portfolio-item/safety-videos-for-mining-and-tunneling/ .
Views: 160 eIMAGE Video Productions
Jeff Smith | Executive Director EDO NSW joins in to talk about the Australian Govt's decision to allow Adani for its coal, rail and mine projs
Views: 32 CNBC-TV18
The NEMA financial provisioning regulations (GNR1147) have fundamentally changed the way mining companies need to plan for closure and will increase their closure liability. Yet another nail in the coffin of an industry that is already facing significant financial pressure? In this panel discussion, we will discuss the implications of GNR1147 on mining companies; its interplays with a complex web of inter-related legislation; and, most importantly, the available options to be explored which could turn this liability into a reward. Our team believes that trust in the industry can be restored through responsible implementation of these new laws, which should not only be considered to be burden, but rather an opportunity. To RSVP go to www.webberwentzel.com
Views: 214 WebberWentzel
Congress declared December 6 to be National Miners Day, a day to recognize and honor the more than 370,000 miners who work in the United States today. This video, by the Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration, provides an overview of mining today with a brief look back to a more dangerous time.
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An example of our safety/training videos created for the mining industry. -- Meyer Productions is a Perth based production company passionate about creating great content and building lasting relationships with our clients and partners. We apply our 30 years of international TV and Radio experience to create truly exceptional video and audio productions efficiently and effectively. We’re a one-stop tv, video and voice creative production company providing all services in-house to many of Australia’s leading organisations. Visit http://www.meyerproductions.com.au/ for more info.
Views: 284 Meyer Productions
The Greens have a plan to clean up the environment in NSW. Check out our Environment initiative here: http://nsw.greens.org.au/energy
Views: 424 The Greens NSW
A song recently written by activist Annette Schneiders, who lives near canberra, which is devoted to the struggle against the coal mines which are destroying forest, and doing other environmental , economic and social damage near Boggabri and Narrabri in western NSW. here are the words - ALONG THE ROAD TO BOGGABRI Annette Schneider 2014 There's a cause that gives pause to corruption of our laws Where the White Box gums are growing. The Namoi's never flowing 'cause the mining pumps it dry Protectors of the forest are waiting for me Fighting coal and fracking to save our country So together we'll fight for a cause that's true and right Along the road to Boggabri There's a group of activists I long to see From the Wando Camp in coal country 'cause we are all yearning, to stop the fossils burning, Along the road to Boggabri When I get back there I'll be at peace again 'cause then I will act to stop our climate change I find myself just thinking of this coming mass extinction I'll lock on at Boggabri Chorus:
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This video displays the Bell Miner in its habit and soundscape in the Blackalls Park area. The Bell Miner is a medium-large and solidly built honeyeater. It is mostly olive-green, with a short, down-curved, bright yellow bill, a red-orange bare eye patch and orange-yellow feet and legs. More often heard than seen, the Bell Miner lives in large colonies mainly in open eucalypt forests and woodlands with a dense shrubby understorey. It and aggressively defend their territories against all intruders. Also commonly known as Bellbirds. (anbg.gov.au/anpc/apc/20-4_horton.html) In Eastern Australia, eucalypt dieback associated with psyllids and bell miners, known as bell miner associated dieback (BMAD), is a serious issue. Large areas of forest from Victoria to Southern Queensland, on both public and private land are under threat. The detrimental impacts include loss of habitat, biodiversity, and forest productivity, as well as altered ecological processes, all of which threaten the integrity of these iconic eucalypt ecosystems. In NSW, BMAD is recognised as a Key Threatening Process under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (environment.nsw.gov.au/determinations/bellminerfd.htm).
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8 March 2018 Legislative Council, NSW Parliament 2nd Reading Speech - Wyong Special Area (Protection) Bill 2018 FULL TRANSCRIPT AT https://adamsearle.org/in-the-legislative-council/debate-on-bills/wyong-special-area-protection-bill-2018/ Today I introduce the Wyong Special Area (Protection) Bill 2018, which keeps an election promise made by the New South Wales Labor Opposition and Mr David Harris, MP, during the 2015 State election campaign. In a twist of historical irony, it also keeps a promise made by the Liberal Party during the 2007 and 2011 election campaigns—a promise that to this day the Liberal Party has not honoured. I will speak more about that later. This is an Act to prohibit the granting, renewal or modification of exploration, prospecting and mining authorities and titles for minerals and petroleum, and certain planning approvals, that relate to land at Wyong that is the site of the Wallarah 2 Coal Project, and for other purposes. The proposed Act defines the Wyong special area in clause 3 as the area defined to mean the land subject to certain exploration licences and an authorisation granted under the Mining Act 1992, namely EL6514, EL4911 and A405. Clause 4 prohibits the grant or renewal of any mining authorisation in relation to land in the Wyong special area and the making of any changes to the conditions to which such an authorisation is subject. Clause 5 prohibits the grant or renewal of any petroleum title defined in the Act and the making of any changes to the conditions to which such title is subject. Clause 6 provides that a planning approval is not to be given under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 in relation to development for the purposes of prospecting and mining activities on land in the Wyong special area and cancels any such planning approval already given. The bill seeks to protect the Wyong water catchment area from destructive mining, thereby protecting the important water supply, which serves more than 300,000 people. Further, the bill is required to fulfil an allegedly ironclad election commitment made by the Liberal Party in 2007 and 2011, and of course by my party, the Labor Opposition, in 2015. The South Korean Government owned mining company Korea Resources Corporation [KORES], submitted, under the Wallarah 2 Coal Project, a new application to build a longwall coalmine beneath the Wyong water catchment valleys affecting the Dooralong and Yarramalong valleys. These valleys are the major drinking water resource for more than 350,000 people. Wyong Shire Council, Gosford City Council and the Joint Water Authority engaged Professor Philip Pells to prepare the water section of their submission against the Wallarah 2 Coal Project. Professor Pells demonstrated, using the mining company's own data, that there would be a catastrophic loss of water in the catchment if the proposal proceeded. In 1999, when BHP Billiton owned the lease under its subsidiary Coal Operations Australia Limited, its well-credentialed and respected hydrology consultant, Mitchell McCotter, found in its report produced in 1999 that there were transient pathways in the geology that would enable surface water and aquifer water to travel to the mine workings if mining occurred. These facts were presented at the Chikarovski inquiry in 2008 and were ignored by the panel members. In March 2011, prior to the State election that year, the then Minister for Planning, Tony Kelly, rejected the mine proposal. In a letter to the community group fighting against the mine, the Australian Coal Alliance, he said: The project does not adequately address potential surface water quality impacts, resulting in uncertainty around the ability of the project to meet acceptable water quality outcomes. The Minister , in rejecting the mine application , further stated: The project is not considered consistent with the principles of ecologically sustainable development, including the precautionary principle, and as a consequence is not considered to be in the public interest. Leading up to this decision the Liberal Party in opposition championed the community's cause again s t the mining project , and the two particular proponents were Chris Hartcher and Barry O 'Farrell. The Liberal Party committed itself in writing twice that if elected it would not allow the coalmine proposal in the water catchment valleys. Barry O'Farrell stood before a crowd of more than 300 people at a rally in January 2009 and said : The next Liberal-National government will not allow mining to occur here, will not allow mining to occur in any water catchment. Mining leases and mining permits will reflect that common sense. No ifs, no buts, a guarantee...... FULL TRANSCRIPT AT https://adamsearle.org/in-the-legislative-council/debate-on-bills/wyong-special-area-protection-bill-2018/
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The inlet pipe into Lake Cargelligo has been closed off, it is assumed that this was by Lachlan Shire Council. It is not the closure of the Lachlan River that has dried up Lake Cargelligo and it's Bird & Animal Sanctuary, leaving the 165 bird species, and other flora & fauna high and dry. It is the closure of this inlet pipe. Over the past 10 years this system has been systematically dried up. State Water have failed to adhere to the Water Management Act 2000, Section 60 which gives priority to people, the environment and lastly "mines & irrigators". It is the large water traders who have monopolised the water of the Lachlan River, selling to the highest bidder - mines and large irrigators. This leaves the people, the environment and the smaller farmers with nothing. Water Traders have infiltrated all Government Departments and committees. The 530 irrigators are receiving over 88% of the water, while the other 90,000 people that live on the Lachlan are ignored... The NSW Government has failured to recognise this incredible natural wetland and lake system and protect the many threatened species - 15 at last count. A call has gone out to NSW Premier Keneally to save this incredible natural system and declare it a protected Ramsar Wetland. To anyone who is touched by this video, please email : [email protected] and voice your concerns and support us in getting the Ramsar Wetland listing that will save this incredible ecosystem...
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The jury is in - to have a liveable planet, we must keep fossil fuels in the ground. But, instead, our politicians are approving giant coal mines and gas projects. The reason is obvious. Despite more than 2 decades of talking, our climate is at a crisis point because our leaders have allowed themselves to be captured by the fossil fuel industry. If our politicians are serious about climate change, then they need to say no to giving money to and receiving money from the big polluters. Find out where your MP stands and join us to take action: www.pollutionfreepolitics.com
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22/01/2016 There is very little monitoring in Central Queensland to gauge the impact of particle pollution. Doctors & community leaders are concerned about the growing impact of coal mines on the health of Queenslanders in regional towns.
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21 February 2017 Legislative Council, NSW Parliament Question Without Notice - Shenhua Watermark Project The Hon. ADAM SEARLE ( 16:0 0 ): My question without notice is to the Leader of the Government, the Minister for Resources, Minister for Energy and Utilities, and Minister for the Arts. Given that Shenhua's Watermark mine exploration licence—issued in 2008 and renewed in 2012—provides that if substantial development of a mine does not occur within eight years of the granting of the original exploration licence, the Minister has the power to cancel the licence, what is your response to Shenhua’s application to your Government for an exemption from the compliance date, which was 22 October last year? The Hon. DON HARWIN (Minister for Resources, Minister for Energy and Utilities, and Minister for the Arts) ( 16:00 ): On 11 August 2016 the New South Wales Government announced that negotiations with Shenhua Watermark Coal Pty Ltd had commenced to secure the excising of the parts of its title that encroached onto the strategic agricultural land of the Liverpool plains. The Shenhua Watermark project was approved by the Planning Assessment Commission on 28 January 2015. The project also required approval under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The then Commonwealth Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, announced conditional approval on 8 July 2015, seeking the advice of the expert scientific committee prior to approving the water management plan. The plan, along with 24 other management plans, must also be submitted and approved by the Minister before construction could commence. As of January 2017, Shenhua has completed some, but not all, of the 24 plans required in order to commence construction. Further questions in that respect, as I am sure the member would appreciate, are largely matters that should be directed to the Federal Government. I might also add that on 19 February 2016 the Land and Environment Court dismissed the New South Wales Environmental Defender’s Office challenge against the Watermark project, which argued the project was too great a threat to local koala populations. A mining lease application has not yet been lodged over the area; however, when it is, it will be rigorously assessed in line with the legislation and current government policies, guidelines and procedures. The company submitted an application for renewal of its exploration licence, EL7223, on 5 February 2016. This will be assessed by my department before a recommendation is made to me to consider in due course in accordance with normal protocols.
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Ecologist Helen Crisp holds one of Australia's most endangered species, the Western Barred Bandicoot, just before releasing it back into the wild. "You're going to be famous little one", she says. With the support of Australian Mining, so too will the ground breaking research conducted by Helen and the team at Arid Recovery. This world-class conservation and research program started back in 1997, and was an idea born from some passionate individuals in the environmental department at the nearby mine. Arid Recovery is now an independent, not-for-profit conservation initiative and a unique example of a highly successful partnership between industry, government, research and community: the four-way joint support of the project existing between BHP Billiton, The South Australian Department for Environment and Natural Resources, The University of Adelaide, and of course the local community. The program is centred on a 123 square kilometre fenced reserve that protects a range of native plants and animals in South Australia's arid zone. This patch of land straddles a mining lease, and represents proof that, in some cases, conservation can happily co-exist side-by-side with mining. Steve Green, the Sustainability Manager for BHP Billiton in Adelaide says that Arid Recovery's primary goal was to "remove feral animals from an exclosure area, and to reintroduce species that we knew existed in the region." Feral cats, rabbits and foxes have now been successfully eradicated from half of the Reserve and this has provided a zone of complete protection into which four species of locally extinct mammals have been successfully reintroduced, including the Western Barred Bandicoot, the Greater Bilby, the Greater Stick Nest Rat and the Burrowing Bettong. As Helen says, these four "strange and quirky" species are now thriving within the Reserve. Additional species can look forward to being reintroduced in the very near future. This is the largest reserve of its kind in arid Australia and a world leader in ecosystem restoration through the use of exclusion fencing. Marty Kittel has worked for BHP Billiton as an underground miner for 25 years, but he's also proud to say he looks after the fencing of the Arid Recovery Reserve. "Roughly once a week I check the fence and give it a good once over." The CEO of Arid Recovery, Kylie Piper says, "You can count on one hand the number of predators that have been inside the fence since it was built. That's an amazing feat". But the long term goal is more effective methods of large scale feral species control beyond the fence. This involves research that underpins the main aim of the project: Arid Recovery has undertaken ground-breaking research trialling aerial baiting for feral cats and radio-tracking cats and foxes with GPS collars to gain a greater understanding of their behaviour. The program's success is thanks to unwavering support, not only from Australian Mining, but also from many volunteers, including locals and university students. In fact, Arid Recovery now has an active student scholarship program offering placements to students. As Kylie Piper says, "it's a collaboration of people. It's mining, government, research, and education." Arid Recovery represents a new breed of thinking that demonstrates how mining and conservation organisations can work together to benefit the environment. Australian Mining's vision is that the sustainable land management techniques developed by the team at Arid Recovery will be adopted in arid areas not only here, but throughout the world.
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SAFE MINING AND QUARRYING (www.safe-mining.com): Produced by one of Australia's leading and most awarded creators of multi media training and OH&S dvds for the Mining, Quarrying and Resources Processing industry. The "SAFE Process" has been developed to help mining, quarrying and resources processing workers, easily identify, assess and control hazards, making the workplace safer for everyone. SAFE Mining and Quarrying is an introduction to the SAFE Process and includes easy to follow step-by-step demonstrations.The SAFE Process is very easy to understand and implement. The first in a series of 5 films on 2 dvd discs and includes additional digital training materials. This clip is the opening sequence to the film.
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We would like to invite you to come and meet Ramesh Agrawal. Ramesh won a court case that stopped Jindal Steel & Power Ltd from opening a destructive coal mine in India – three months later he was shot twice*. Luckily he survived. Jindal Steel and Power now own Wollongong Coal, and are trying to expand their coal mine further into Sydney’s drinking water catchment. The NSW Government is due to make a decision on the mine expansion in the next couple of months, so we don't have long to act. We have a chance to stop this if we can prove this company cannot be trusted. Please join us at our public forum on protecting Sydney’s water in NSW Mining Minister, Anthony Roberts' own electorate Lane Cove on Sunday 3rd April (RSVP here). This forum within his electorate could help pressure NSW Mining Minister, Anthony Roberts to stop Wollongong Coal from threatening Sydney’s drinking water catchment. We don't have long before a decision is made on Wollongong Coal's risky mining project, so we're hoping you could join us on Sunday 3rd April, to find out how we can stop this expansion together. Ramesh Tour - Illawarra Public Meeting 2pm Saturday April 2nd Grevillea Hall Corrimal Community Centre 15 Short Street Corrimal NSW 2518 (short walk from Corrimal Train Station) Ramesh Agrawal - Protect Sydney’s water catchment. 2pm – 4pm, Sunday 3 April Greenwich Community Hall 46 Greenwich Rd, Greenwich NSW 2065 RSVP now. Can you please join us?
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NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Eureka Prize for Environmental Research finalist Dr Jason Sharples, University of New South Wales; and Richard McRae, ACT Emergency Services Agency Dr Jason Sharples and Rick McRae's work provides major advancement in our understanding of the causes and effects of catastrophic firestorms. The most extensive research project into Australian extreme bushfire dynamics ever undertaken, it has delivered essential knowledge for improving firefighter safety and the management of fire risks to biodiversity, water quality and the Australian population. http://australianmuseum.net.au/eureka The views expressed in these films are those of the finalists and do not necessarily reflect those of the Australian Museum.
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28/07/14 Australia's largest coal mine, in central Queensland, has received Federal approval but conservationists have no faith in the State and Federal conditions.
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Cooler heads have prevailed in the coal mining stoush between the State and Federal Governments. The Deputy Premier and Federal Environment Minister have come to an agreement of sorts on the Alpha coal mine project in the Galilee Basin. 07 June 2012 ABC News, Queensland
Views: 61 Jason Active