No coal mining in Bacchus Marsh/Moorabool!
- Sherrin Caird
A WA company, Mantle Mining, is currently undertaking test drilling in Bacchus Marsh as part of a plan to dig a huge, open-cut coal mine, then dry and export the coal to India. They currently have an Exploration License (EL) which includes Bacchus Marsh and 386 km2 of the surrounding area.
In order for the brown coal to be exported, it must first be dewatered, and Mantle are planning to team up with Melbourne-based coal technology company Exergen to carry out this process.
The exploration phase is also being underwritten by WA micro-finance company Cygnet Capital. Bacchus Marsh locals are mobilising against the project, with the Moorabool Environment Group (MEG) leading the local campaign.
More info about the project is available at Coal Watch.
To the Legislative Assembly of Victoria
THIS PETITION OF
THE BACCHUS MARSH AND MOORABOOL COMMUNITY
DRAWS TO THE ATTENTION OF THE HOUSE:
THE EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF AN OPEN CUT COAL MINE IN THE SHIRE OF MOORABOOL
We, the petitioners, request that the Legislative Assembly of Victoria call for the Victorian Government to halt the Mantle Mining Brown Coal exploration in the Shire of Moorabool and mandate a review of process; that requires real community consultation, including but not limited to, satisfactory communication of information requirements; that corrects the legislative bias in relation to mining in Victoria and land holders are given rights; that current scientific evidence on the social and environmental impacts of existing and new technologies is reviewed and the public is made aware of the findings.
The No coal mining in Bacchus Marsh/Moorabool! petition to http://www.mooraboolmeg.org.au/ was written by Sherrin Caird and is in the category Environment at GoPetition.