First aired on 2ser 18/02/2010
Ep 92. Longwall Expansion at Appin Colliery, Leaking Ranger and China-First Coal
Longwall Expansion at Appin
BHP-Billiton is proposing a massive expansion of its Appin longwall coal mine. The land is the pristine headwaters of the Georges River, however even though this enormous proposal will potentially impacts the who Georges River system, it has largely flown under the radar of its residents. The Third Degrees Kathrine Lim spoke with Sharon Cullis from the Georges River Environmental Alliance.
More info on Longwall mining see www.riverssos.com
Last Tuesday, in a Senate Estimate Committee hearing, information came to light about the true extent of radioactive contamination at Ranger Uranium Mine. The regulatory body (the Office of the Supervising Scientist) admitted that water with over 5400 times the “safe” background level of radioactivity, is currently leaking into Kakadu national park.The Third Degress Hannah Walters spoke to WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, about the importance of holding the government to account in the senate estimate committe and recent Ranger mine findings.
Any announcement of a 70 billion dollar coal export deal where 30 million tonnes of coal each year, for the next 20 years, would be shipped from Queensland soil to power stations in China – should create its own confusion. However when Clive Palmer and his company Resourcehouse behind this ‘China First’ project misnamed the Chinese company involved, and that company – China Power International Holding – denied any binding nature of the deal and called it a ‘framework’ only, confusion regarding contractual arrangements got in the way of confusion about how a project such as this could go ahead in the first place. The proposed thermal coal mine site is in the Galilee Basin, near Alpha in Central West Queensland. The Third Degrees Jess Minshall spoke with Bradley Smith, Campaigner with Friends of the Earth Brisbane’s Six Degrees campaign to get an understanding of what impact such an export deal would have.
Longwall exhibition opening
Thursday 18th Feb. 6pm-8pm, ESP Gallery
228 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville, NSW
A sculpture, video and sound installation reflecting the devastation that longwall coal mining is causing and the ongoing impacts of coal as a major contributor to climate change. Opening night will see a guest speaker talk about the destruction of longwall coal mining and outlines ways you can all help. Runs until March 7th more info
This Thursday day night, the Sydney Latin American Film Festival in partnership with the Cervantes Institute & Uncommon Productions present "Helping Haiti", a two-night screening of the multi award-winning documentary ‘The Price of Sugar’. 100% of funds raised will be donated to: Infante Sano’s Help Hispaniola program.
Its on Thursday and Friday night at 645pm,
the Cervantes Institute 22-24 City Rd Chippendale.