8 February 2017
Greens call for Moratorium on Maules Creek Mine Clearing
Greens NSW MP and Environment Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has called for a moratorium on clearing for the Maules Creek coal mine in North Western NSW near the Leard Forest. Whitehaven Coal will begin clearing on February 15, including a Travelling Stock Rote which is especially rich in biodiversity. Dr Faruqi says no clearing should be undertaken until a full review of what has been cleared to date and the public release of a biodiversity audit that was commissioned in December 2017.
Dr Faruqi will visit the area later this month and is urging people to sign this community petition: https://www.change.org/p/nsw-department-of-planning-we-have-7-days-to-save-this-critically-endangered-travelling-stock-route-from-whitehaven
Dr Faruqi said:
“The day after Valentine’s Day, Whitehaven Coal will again start the chainsaws and bulldozers ripping through pristine critically endangered bushland. I’m calling on the Premier Gladys Berejiklian to show some love for animals and the environment and stop this devastation.
“It’s unbelievable that the NSW Government hasn’t formally monitored clearing since 2016. And now they are allowing Whitehaven Coal to continue massive clearing without the company having completed and publically released a biodiversity audit.
“I know that citizen science groups have examined the area and found it to be of high biodiversity value, including habitat for threatened species.
“Travelling Stock Routes are meant to be Crown Land, owned by the people. So why is the NSW Government allowing them to be cleared to benefit a private company?
“We cannot just simply keep letting coal companies destroy our environment and use fraudulent schemes like biodiversity offsetting to justify them. It makes no sense in 2018 to be destroying the environment for dirty coal” she concluded.