We start the conversation.
Let the science and the facts inform the answer but remember, 
the maths doesn't lie.


For those interested in the Latrobe Valley Mechanics of Mine-Aquifer Stabilisation for coal mine rehabilitation, see range of info-graphic here particularly Regional Aquifer System 

Updated PDF information (800 KB) for affected landowners signing Land Access & Compensation Agreements  for Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project - are you informed enough? 
May 2020

Go to updated submissions link here for a full range of issues that COM engages in.

Past articles written Independent Australia online

Is the Labor Party looking after country Victoria?  18/02/20

This site is currently updating pages 

PFAS Gippsland contamination (Nov 2018)
Why you shouldn't trust the Victoria and Federal Government!

Media Release from recent lobby trip to Canberra in August 2017

COM published story (March 2017)
Who's really behind the latest amendment to the Fracking Ban Bill 
and who will benefit most from undermining it? 

Has Daniel Young from the Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party 
been covertly influenced to progress a conventional gas exploration industry? 
Read COM response here

COM published story (Dec 2016)
Lakes Oil and the facts

COM published story (Dec 2016)
HOW CAN VICTORIA balance economics and the environment from extracting earth resources when the full risks and costs are deliberately hidden from the public?

COM published story (Aug 2016)
The hidden impacts of gas extraction on groundwater
Read https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/how-esso-steals-victorias-water-due-to-the-hidden-impacts-of-gas-exploration,9349

Is Darren Chester's #lovegippsland campaign a sham?
Read here how Federal National Party candidate for Gippsland, Darren Chester, represents his electorate. 

COM published story (May 2016)
The Coalitions deceit on fossil fuel expansion and how we all will be paying for it. 
Read https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/turnbulls-innovation-and-ideasboom-is-to-flog-fossil-fuels-kaboom,9038

Select Committee on Unconventional Gas Mining 2016 Inquiry
Read COM March 2016 submission 
... Furthermore, because the law, statutes and planning have the ability to be interfered with,
prejudiced in its construction and/or implemented corruptly is what gives resource
legislation throughout Australia and its framework the dubious label of being corruptible.
This is the controversy that sees the community pitted against industry and government and
is nowhere near resolution.

EPA Public Review
Read COM October 2015 submission
My concern is - how will this Committee create tangible changes and reform to the EP Act that
will effect real change rather than lip service. That is the reality.

"Our Power" Documentary (2016)
By Peter Yacono
Help us, as we join the social movement to transition Australia towards a more sustainable energy future. We believe this transition needs to start in Victoria's own energy hub, the Latrobe Valley.
Thanks to Peter for allowing us to tell our story. Donations  have closed but view the teasers http://ourpowerdoco.com/
 and become a sponsor to get this worthy story out there.

Victorian Onshore Gas Inquiry
Read  COM submission here

Renewable Energy Target and inclusion of wood waste​
Public (and Senators) forewarned are forearmed!
Trying to deceive the public is certainly not an endearing trait the public want to see in their elected pollies when creating legislation but the Abbot Government seems to do it so often that the public have become normalised by it.
... So, it was not surprising when Tony Abbot and Co arrogantly and irresponsibly interfered in the Renewable Energy Target with the last minute inclusion of native forest (NF) wood waste into the mix. 
Expect the vote on the RET and inclusion of native forest wood waste 15th June 2015.

Draft Gippsland Regional Coastal Plan
Read COM submission here to the plan on why our agencies can never do right by the environment while they are beholding to govt policy.​ 23rd March 2015

Briefing Paper​
Onshore Unconventional Gas Mining: Principles in Victorian Law Part 1​ 
 prepared by Community Over Mining for Gippsland 2020 November 2014:
‘What other private commercial entity can enter your land without your permission for the sole purpose of making a profit and, adding insult to injury, eventually leave your property worthless?’ 
- John Nader QC (The Land Article, ‘Mining Acts Need Severe Surgery'
Part 2 to be released late 2015. ‘In undertaking this research we have managed to unearth some serious problems and anomalies that are deliberately withheld from public knowledge –why?’

Apparently our coastal land is not sinking.
Well, government should sack the contractor who erected this fence!!!​
Read more on our coastal subsidence issues here
November 20,2014

Buffer Zones
In light of ALP's pledge to change the buffer zone for wind turbines to 1km rather than the 2km mark is extremely welcome 
but how about evening up the stats. This is Victoria now for buffers and it was one the Coalition government’s greatest injustices in recent years that they place wind turbines at 2km from a residential house anywhere in Victoria yet introduce legislation in 2012 that allows a power station to be built within 1km of a residence. Read more on buffers here.

Yallourn Open Cut Coal Mine

As the wind blew fiercely on Thursday 31 July did Victoria's chief health office, Rosemary Lester, consider informing people downwind of the three Latrobe Valley open cut coal mines that, maybe, they should consider shutting their windows and staying indoors to prevent those at risk from being impacted by toxic dust particles. 
read Community Over Mining's submission into dust particles PM2.5 and PM10

$2 Mining companies - financially secure or ponzi scheme
"It's concerning that $2 companies with (limited) expertise or financial backing have been granted licenses which give them the power to force their way on to a property to drill for coal-seam gas." 
read story Ignite -broke or not

Plugged and abandoned wells 
Why we need legislation
November 8, 2014
"This situation where onerous obligations and financial burdens are imposed on unsuspecting land owners and uninformed buyers of the land, having the responsibility of maintaining this well mentioned or any of these wells that remain, from three decades ago is unfair and highly unsatisfactory," Mrs Nulty said.

Lets revisit the nuclear discussion and where it sits in Gippsland
See new article by COM's favourite investigative journalist and connection with Ignite EL4968
March 12, 2014
'The Liberal Party's nuclear dreams: The strange case of Dr John White and Ignite' 
Why Victoria should be worried. The Feds are about to delegate environmental power to the States including Nuclear. The Napthine Government can't even manage a coal mine so how the hell can they manage nuclear.

Morwell Mine Fire disaster – 
An act of willful neglect by the Coalition Government
March 11, 2014  
How can a modern age Government in a first world country have a third world mentality and treat their communities with such disregard.

Agriculture worth over mining - the hyprocrisy of the National Party philosophy 
Why won't the Nationals exempt the Macalister Irrigation District from onshore gas development
​February 11, 2014
CSG Free Maffra and Districts group are campaigning farmers to take action by writing to MP's requesting that the Mining Minister exempt Gippsland's most prime agriculture area from mining development. Will the Coalition Government listen?

what is licence holder Ignite Energy saying

New Gippsland Open Cut Mine proposed
Will Ignite Energy (close friend of the Liberals) be given preferential treatment to develop an open cut mine without due regard to its geographical instability.
​December 8, 2013
Gelliondale Resources Limited (a subsidiary of Ignite) have applied for a Retention Licence to mine coal in South Gippsland yet this area is unstable because of past and ongoing offshore oil and gas extraction and an increase in seismic activity. But Ignite don't care. They just want the resource to sell off overseas and happy to leave another Gippsland coastal town in ruins. This story connects with the three below for subsidencenuclear (Ignite) and bio regional assessments (if the IES committee does its job properply, this area of Gippsland should never be touched because the taxpayer is already paying big monies for the existing environmental legacy let alone for the future). 

To the State and Federal Coalition Governments – why are you hiding the issue of land subsidence in Gippsland from the people.

While Gippsland landowners suffer ongoing land subsidence caused by years of off-shore oil & gas extraction and dewatering from Latrobe Valley coal mines, our Coalition Governments are busy scheming to make it worse. You will be able to read more to show why you should be concerned about Governments irresponsible plans to expand the resource industry even more.

“Is the Wonthaggi desalination plant set up for nuclear power?”
September 6, 2013
Is there a connection between certain public documents, a proposed Gippsland transport route for coal and Ignite Energy Resources?  
Can we anticipate NUCLEAR = Gippsland! 

What is govt not doing
What is the Independent Expert Scientific Committee IESC up to – not much!
September 6, 2013
Apparently, we have no significant risks in Victoria that warrant a referral to the IESC committee for onshore CSG development or large coal mine develoment. Under the headings of ecology, hydrology and geology seemingly all is just peachy and ripe for the picking! Does this mean someone is not doing their job properly or maybe they are deliberately wanting these issues to stay under the radar.