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Nationals and Labor abandon commitment to protecting Liverpool Plains from mining

New England Greens candidate Pete Wills and Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon have blasted the ALP for their abandonment of NSW Labor leader Luke Foley’s commitment to protecting the New England region from mining.

Senator Rhiannon today moved a motion calling on the government to ‘protect agricultural groundwater systems by placing a moratorium on Commonwealth approval of proposed coal and coal seam gas mining projects on the Liverpool Plains, Namoi Valley and Gunnedah Basin.’

New England Greens candidate Pete Wills worked with Senator Rhiannon on the motion.

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MEDIA ALERT: Greens Senator visits mining sites at Leard State Forest and Pilliga

Lee Rhiannon 24 Jan 2014

MEDIA ALERT for MONDAY 27 Jan 2014

Greens Senator visits mining sites at Leard State Forest and Pilliga

WHAT: Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon will visit the site of controversial mining projects in the Leard State Forest and the Pilliga region early next week, in support of communities fighting against coal mining and coal seam gas. She will also be meeting with New England Greens members in Tamworth.

WHEN: Monday 27 to Wednesday 29 January 2014

WHERE: Leard protest camp and Piliga protection camp

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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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