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Blockade at Maules Creek coal mine crucial

NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has congratulated protesters at Maules Creek coal mine for commencing action today to prevent critically endangered woodland and endangered wildlife from being bulldozed.

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13 January 2014

Blockade at Maules Creek coal mine crucial 

NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has congratulated protesters at Maules Creek coal mine for commencing action today to prevent critically endangered woodland and endangered wildlife from being bulldozed.

“The protest is taking place at the edge of Leard State Forest which will be devastated as a result of increased mining in the area,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“Maules Creek is one of three monster mines which, along with the Boggabri and Tarrawonga coal mines will  result in bulldozing 4000 of the 7500 hectares  of the old growth forest, which includes 34 threatened species including koalas, and several Endangered Ecological Communities. 

“These mines should never have been approved and this action by farmers, traditional owners, local residents and environmentalists is the only thing standing between irreversible environmental and community destruction.

“I visited Leard State Forest last year and met with some of the community activists who have been camping on site, fighting the mine for 18 months. They are dedicated, passionate and determined and I wish them every success in this crucial action. 

“I will be visiting Leard State Forest again in early February to lend my support to the activists fighting to save their land and livelihood.

“Whitehaven’s Maules Creek coal mine near Boggabri in NSW will be clear felling 550 hectares  of critically endangered White Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands and Derived Native Grassland in Leard State Forest.

“The mines will lower the water table on the surrounding fertile Liverpool Plains by 5-7 metres  and will result in up to 18,000 tonnes of coal dust  on the surrounding environment, farms and residents each year,” Senator Rhiannon added.

To join the protesters or for more details - http://www.lockthegate.org.au/maules_creek_blockade. 

Contact – 0487 350 880

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