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Peabody bankruptcy shows need for rehabilitation bonds and transition planning

With Peabody filing for bankruptcy today in the US, the Queensland and New South Wales governments must urgently secure outstanding rehabilitation bonds from the company.

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and mining spokesperson, said:

"The state regulators must urgently secure adequate rehabilitation bonds from Peabody for their Queensland and New South Wales mines.

"We need this rehabilitation money in place before coal companies go bust so it can fund local jobs in site rehabilitation for workers who are laid off.

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Anglo’s Foxleigh mine sale another reason to act on rehab, despite mining lobby’s squeals

Reports that Anglo American is selling the Foxleigh coal mine at Middlemount to Sydney's Taurus Fund Management is more evidence of the need for the Chain of Responsibility Bill, as well as broader reforms.   

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and mining spokesperson, said:

"It has already taken too long for the state government to put forward laws to stop taxpayers footing the bill to clean up mess left by big mining companies.  

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Senator Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, comments on the Queensland Government’s reported job offer to Ian Macfarlane as Resources Commissioner:

"Yet again, we see there is no difference between the old parties on digging up fossil fuels to ruin our Great Barrier Reef.

"The Labor Government wants to take advice from a former Liberal Minister who infamously said - 'We've got to make sure that every molecule of gas that can come out of the ground does so'.

"This is a slap in the face for regional Queensland communities dealing with the destruction that coal seam gas and underground coal gasification has wrecked on their wellbeing, land, water and climate.

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BP should cease drilling preparations for Great Australian Bight

Greens Senator for South Australia Robert Simms says BP should cease its preparations to drill for oil and gas in waters off SA.

It was reported today that BP Australia is currently building a supply base in Port Adelaide to serve its desired exploration campaign for oil and gas.

"It's inappropriate and arrogant for BP to be proceeding with the construction of a supply base when they have not been given permission to conduct the drilling," said Senator Simms.

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Allegations of shonky business more evidence against Adani company

Revelations that an Adani subsidiary's own lawyer is accusing it of fraud is yet another warning that this company should not be trusted with the Great Barrier Reef.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and mining spokesperson, said:

"Although the company denies any wrongdoing, a court order has revealed allegations of illegal land purchases and submitting fraudulent documents to secure a power-purchase agreement in India.

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Anglo American must not palm off duty to provide Central Qld jobs

The Queensland Government must make sure Anglo American does not dodge its responsibility to provide Central Queensland jobs in rehabilitation by selling its unprofitable Callide coal mine to a shelf company.

Anglo American has agreed to sell its mine to a tiny company which has raised only $750,000 from investors. It was reported today that the investment in jobs and equipment to rehabilitate the site may be more than $121 million.  

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Liberal Government watering down environmental conditions for mining mates

Revelations today that the Liberal Government has watered down the environmental conditions of 21 projects, including coal mines, in the past nine months are incredibly concerning.

 

“The Liberal Government is trying to fool communities by saying they have set so-called strict conditions when approving mines that threaten our land, water and climate,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and environment spokesperson, said.

 

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Qld Nickel should have been made to pay for job-intensive rehabilitation of site up front

Revelations that the state government failed to secure a bond for the rehabilitation of the Qld Nickel are deeply disappointing.

"It's disgraceful that the state government failed to secure a bond from the company for the job-intensive rehabilitation of the site," Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, said.

"If the refinery is shut down, rehabilitation would provide much-needed local jobs and would be essential to protect locals' health, as well as tourism jobs by removing the pollution threat to the Great Barrier Reef.

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Qld Gov fails to make big mining companies pay to clean up their own mess

The Palaszczuk Government is again putting mining companies above regional communities by cutting the amount of money mining companies pay to guarantee that mines are properly rehabilitated.

With the government's change, mining companies no longer have to pay GST of 10 per cent on the rehabilitation bonds they lodge with the State Government.

"Queensland Labor is letting big mining companies get away without cleaning up their own mess and leaving regional communities to deal with it instead," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.

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