Hume Coal’s Mine Plan
At long last Hume Coal has released a mine plan and what a plan it is … plenty of verbiage and spin but little evidence that the major issue regarding the groundwater has been addressed. They’re planning to undertake what they say is a new experimental form of mining called “pine feather” which they say reduces damage but they provide no evidence at all regarding where and how this has been employed successfully! There’s no water-study and plenty of motherhood. With the global coal mining industry in meltdown and plenty of mines up for sale, it’s hard to see any government approving such a speculative plan! We’ll have a lot more to say on this later.
You can find the document "Preliminary Environmental Assessment - The Hume Coal Project" on their website. Not announced, but found on their website is also the "Preliminary Environmental Assessment - The Berrima Rail Project" which pretty much confirms what we had suspected would be the case – that the coal will be transported by rail from the western side of the highway up to the Berrima Cement Works rail siding for further rail transportation.ACAC this Thursday at Sutton Forest Pub!
We’re sure that many of you have queries so we’re re-starting our Anti Coal Activity Catchup (ACAC) meetings on the last Thursdays of the month at the Sutton Forest pub. There will be one next Thursday 30 July at 6.30 pm – if you live in the Highlands this is important to all of you, no matter where you are, the effects will be felt MUCH further than just Sutton Forest. Alan Lindsay will be making a presentation on some of the main technical features of Hume’s plans.The Carnival of Coal
If you follow our Facebook page you will have seen that the NSW Liberal Party Whip for some strange reason has decided that it’s appropriate to hold a ‘Carnival of Coal’ event to which he has invited his colleagues. Apparently (and we can’t verify the veracity of this) his email includes the statement "I will be hosting a ‘Carnival of Coal’ at NSW Parliament House to declare support for coal and associated industries and to send a loud and clear message that action is needed now to protect a secure, inexpensive energy future.” We think we need to send him a loud and clear message that this is inappropriate in the extreme, and shows a mind boggling lack of regard for current public opinion on this topic. To save you the trouble of looking them up his contact details are:Telephone (02) 9230-3462
We will also be contacting our respective elected representatives to let them know that we do not think it appropriate that they attend this event – do feel free to join in!Sutton Forest Pub Fundraiser
And we’d love to see you next Sunday 2 August - we’re holding an impromptu fundraiser at the Sutton Forest pub
Thank you to those who have donated since our recent plea for help, the donations are trickling in but we do need a LOT more to keep funding the fight to protect landowners rights. If you haven’t donated and would like to you can either post a donation to SHCAG, PO Box 3380, Exeter NSW 2579, or make a direct deposit to the SHCAG account, BSB 032-716 / Account 298603