HOME

NEWS

CHARITIES

VOLUNTEER

ACTION CENTER

ADD CHARITY

CONTACT

SUPPORT

World Environment Community Health Animals Celebrity Submit A Site Find A Charity
Xstrata coal mine gets green light

UPI.com

935 days ago   Article ID# 1523753
Original URL

 

Friends of the Earth

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (UPI.com) - Mining giant Xstrata has received the go-ahead for its $6.3 billion Wandoan mine in Australia, potentially the largest thermal coal mine in the southern hemisphere.

The proposed open cut mine in Queensland's Surat Basin would produce 30 million tons of coal a year for the next 30 years.

Covering an area of 124 square miles, the project has been opposed by farmers who say it will displace agricultural land.

Environmentalists argued that increased greenhouse gas emissions from the mine and from the coal it produces should be taken into account, with Friends of the Earth saying that Wandoan would be responsible for 1.3 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions over its life -- equal to twice Australia's annual emissions.

The project has received environmental approval from both state and federal governments and Xstrata is proceeding with the final stage of the mining lease application.

Tuesday's decision by Queensland's Land Court was one of the last hurdles for Wandoan, meaning that environmentalists and farmers lost their legal fight to stop the development of the project.

"The Land Court's recommendation acknowledges Xstrata Coal has followed a thorough and rigorous environmental assessment and review process throughout the development of the Wandoan Coal Project," Xstrata Coal Queensland Chief Operating Officer Reinhold Schmidt said in a news release.

Xstrata says the project will create 1,400 jobs during the construction phase and another 900 long-term jobs when operational.

"The project and its associated rail and port developments would help establish the Surat Basin as an internationally competitive coal export region," Schmidt said.

But Friends of the Earth said the decision to recommend the mine go ahead is a "huge disappointment."

"Xstrata did not contest the reality or impacts of climate change. They're planning on building this mine knowing that it will create the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as 72 countries combined," said Friends of the Earth spokesman Bradley Smith. "It's unfortunate that our laws allow multibillion-dollar companies like Xstrata to ignore the outcomes of their reckless actions."

Friends of the Earth said it is considering an appeal.

Xstrata Coal Chief Executive Officer Peter Freyberg, in a speech earlier this month, was critical of anti-coal campaigns.

"Any impact on Australia's coal exports will be immediately offset by exports from other countries, which do not invest in low-emissions technologies and often produce lower-quality coal in a less-efficient, environmentally responsible and safe manner than Australia's world-class mining sector," Freyberg was quoted as saying by Australia's Business Day.

Copyright 2014 UPI.com   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 935 days ago   Article ID# 1523753

Friends of the Earth    View Charity Profile    Visit Website

More Friends of the Earth News

Trapping wild beavers in Devon would be unlawful, ministers told

24 days ago From theguardian.com 

LONDON, U K - ...

Global acceptance of GM crops in decline

163 days ago From The Voice of Russia 

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - Mute Schimpf, food campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe said: "There is public resistance to GM crops on every continent, with increasing social ... Flag as irrelevant Edit this alert You have rece ...

Premier under pressure to dump costly wind farm laws

188 days ago From Warrnambool Standard 

WARRNAMBOOL, AUSTRALIA - Friends of the Earth (FoE) have released a new report this week showing that planning laws restricting wind farms within two kilometres of homes have ... Flag as irrelevant Edit this alert You have received t ...

More Than a Half Million People Demand Home Depot and Lowe’s Stop Selling Bee-Killing Pesticides

245 days ago From eNews Park Forest 

PARK FOREST, ILLINOIS - In a coalition effort called the Bee Week of Action, Friends of the Earth and allies are delivering more than half a million petition signatures and ... Flag as irrelevant Edit this alert You have received th ...

Nuclear Industry Suffers Major Defeat in Iowa

892 days ago From eNews Park Forest 

PARK FOREST, ILLINOIS - =93The failure of this nuclear bill shows that the Iowa Legislature is listening to the people of Iowa and not to the well-financed nuclear power industry or to MidAmerican Energy's lobbyists=94 said Friends of the Earth Iowa Nuclear Campaigner M ...

Go to page:   1    2  3  4  Next >> 

<< Return To Environment News

Action Center

Antarctic sea ice set for record high as Arctic heads for sixth lowest extent

Action: Climate Change

The extent of sea ice in Antarctica is set to reach a record high, scientists said on Tuesday, as they announced that Arctic ...

Gorillas benefit from new protection in Cameroon

Action: Wildlife Conservation

Critically endangered Cross River Gorillas will be receiving much-needed additional protection in Cameroon with the creation ...

India plans huge palm oil expansion, puts forests at risk

Action: Stop Deforestation

Palm oil, a ubiquitous ingredient in supermarket products ranging from shampoos and cosmetic in supermarket products ranging ...

Coal mine has heavy impact in Indonesian Borneo

Action: Stop Pollution

Baharuddin should be happy. The rambutan and durian trees flanking his home are heavy with fruit. Two hectares of chilies str ...

Decades of overfishing causes swordfish decline

Action: Save Our Oceans

Overfishing has caused swordfish numbers to decline considerably since the 1980s and the population is now 70 percent lower t ...

View All Actions >>

 

 

Charities

News

Follow Us

Support

Find A Charity

Action Center

World

Community

Facebook

Twitter Support

Contact

Volunteer

Add A Site

Environment

Animals

Google+

Privacy Policy

Copyright

 

 

Health

Celebrity

Terms of Service

Copyright © The Charity Vault All rights reserved.