Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

NSW Gov sides with coal polluters - again

“Lithgow Council and Centennial Coal have obtained the willing support of the NSW Government to ensure that big coal mines can continue to pollute Sydney’s drinking water with mine water,” Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.

Phoney Crisis

“There’s no coal supply crisis for the Mt Piper Power Plant near Lithgow.  There is hundreds of thousands of tonnes of coal stockpiled at this plant and nearby.  The Angus Place Mine in care and maintenance but can supply about nine months of coal to the plant without seeking any new approvals,” Mr Muir said.

“On the basis of stockpiles and Angus Place mine’s approved coal resource this is a phoney crisis.

The NSW Government has been duped by phoney crisis to gut laws that protect our drinking water supplies just upheld as valid by the highest court in NSW. ”, said Mr Muir.

“This massive weakening of our drinking water laws is unnecessary,” he said.

Court negotiations pre-empted

“What environmental groups have been trying to do is stop environmental damage caused by the Springvale mine.  The NSW Government has been disinterested and does not even speak with environment groups.  Now it guts the law that protects our drinking water as if it was nothing important”, Mr Muir said. 

“Courts are a lot better at negotiating sensible outcomes than this effort and the NSW Government should WAIT and see what comes out of the legal proceedings”, said Mr Muir.

The NSW Government has been influenced by Lithgow Council that last week decided to transfer mine water from another mine, Clarence Colliery, directly into Farmer Creek dam its main drinking water supply.  So a council who gladly gives its residents almost pure mine water to drink wants Sydney to do the same, and the NSW Government agreed”, he said.

For more information contact: Keith Muir, (02) 9261 2400 (wk) or 0412 791 404 (mob)

LITHGOW’S WATER SUPPLY pictured yesterday (9 Oct 2017) - topping up Farmers Creek Dam No.2 with Clarence Colliery mine water.