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Albanese refusal to accept responsibility for coal dust wrong: Greens

The federal government, as a key funder of billions of dollars of coal rail infrastructure in the Hunter Valley, should use its clout to force coal companies to cover coal rail wagons rather than push responsibility back to the NSW government, said Greens Senator and transport spokesperson Lee Rhiannon (Newcastle Herald, 6/8/12, http://tinyurl.com/9m4v267).

"Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese is wrong to say covering coal wagons is a state matter," said Senator Rhiannon.

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Profits, farm ownership shift offshore in major coal takeover

News that Gloucester Coal shareholders have approved a merger with Chinese state-owned company Yancoal Australia will pave the way for coal profits and ownership of Hunter farmland to shift offshore, said Green Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon.

Gloucester Coal operates the Stratford and Duralie mines in the Gloucester Basin, Tasman and Abel mines in the Newcastle coalfield and has interests in Middlemount mine in the Bowen Basin.

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Rhiannon puts Mudgee mega mines in federal parliament spotlight

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon last night in federal parliament pointed the finger at state and federal governments for not considering the cumulative impact of the Mudgee mega coal mines - Ulan, Wilpinjong, Moolarben - on the precious Goulburn water catchment.

In her speech to the Senate (in full below), Senator Rhiannon noted the massive scale of the foreign-owned Ulan, Wilpinjong and Moolarben mines. Combined these mines will produce a total of 52 million tonnes of coal each year, destined for export to Asian markets:

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