LET'S ASK THE QUESTIONS
Morwell Mine Fire disaster –
Monitoring but no action by our Coalition Government
Aside from the public health disaster that the hapless Morwell and surrounding communities are enduring, those of us who know the real story are already working on making sure the agencies (DSDBI, EPA, DHS), their department heads and ministers, the engineer consultants and the mine owners pay dearly for this catastrophe. The whole sorry saga coming soon.
Agriculture worth over mining - the hyprocrisy of the National Party philosophy
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?
New Gippsland Open Cut Mine proposed
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 subsidence, nuclear (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).
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.
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
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.
If the water is removed from the coal seams as planned over such a vast area of
Queensland we are going to see uncontrollable volumes of gas leak from
open mineral exploration test holes and we will also witness the depletion
of many of our aquifers via these holes.
This will be without a doubt the greatest environmental disaster ever on inland
Response from IESC secretariat dated 1/10/13 see - above IESC page
Thank you for your email enquiry, dated 15 September 2013, about the Australian Government’s Bioregional Assessment Program (the Program). As you have noted, the COAG Reform Council’s First Assessment Report on the National Partnership on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development refers to five priority areas for bioregional assessments. However the Gippsland region is also included as a priority area for the Program.
The Program runs from 2013 to 2016 and the Gippsland bioregional assessment is expected to be completed within this timeframe. Information from bioregional assessments will be publically released progressively as it becomes available.
Negotiations with the Victorian Government have been undertaken to commence the initial work for the Gippsland bioregional assessment. This work, which will involve Catchment Management Authorities providing important baseline information, is expected to begin shortly.
You may also be aware that the Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development (the Committee) was established under an amendment to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. The National Partnership Agreement signed by the Commonwealth and four state governments, including Victoria, establishes the terms of reference for the Committee.
Under this Agreement the Victorian Government has signed a protocol http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/planning/environment-assessment/useful-documents whereby they agree to seek the advice of the Committee when assessing a coal or coal seam gas proposal which may have a significant impact on water resources. The protocol commenced operation on 30 September 2013. In this way the Committee will have the opportunity to provide advice on developments in the Gippsland region referred to it by the Victorian Government. As bioregional assessment information becomes available for this region it will further build the science base for the Committee’s advice.