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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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Shelving T4 coal port is a win for public health, climate change

The Greens today have welcomed reports that Port Waratah Coal Services has delayed Newcastle's proposed forth coal terminal T4, calling it a testament to the strength and tenacity of the local community campaign. They are calling on Port Waratah Coal to withdraw the T4 application.

Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said "Shelving T4 is great news for people concerned about coal dust up and down the Hunter coal chain and a step towards reining in carbon emissions to safeguard our climate.

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