Mining

Queensland tightens rules for mining on farmland

Coal Seam Gas mining.

Miners will no longer be allowed to start projects on Queensland farmland if they can't strike a deal with a landholder within 40 days under proposed laws.

Move to evict anti-mining protesters blocked

Peter Hannam A last-minute intervention by a councillor has thwarted moves to remove protesters from two mining areas in the Leard and Pilliga state forests.

Anti-mining blockade steps up a notch at Maules Creek

Maules Creek

Peter Hannam More than 100 protesters have blocked access for work crews in the Leard State Forest as the campaign to block construction of the Maules Creek open-cut coal mine expands.

Coal seam gas laws give mining companies access to private land: Greens

Proposed coal seam gas mining site

Anna Patty New coal seam gas exploration laws could provide a "back door" for mining companies to enter private land holdings without permission, farming and green groups have warned.

Mining bigger threat to reef than agriculture, says scientist

The Great Barrier Reef

Bridie Smith Mining poses a greater threat to the health of the Great Barrier Reef than agriculture, says one marine scientist who has cast doubt on the federal government's prediction that water quality will...

Mining dwarfs farming as threat to health of Great Barrier Reef, marine scientist warns

The Great Barrier Reef

Bridie Smith Mining poses a greater threat to the health of the Great Barrier Reef than agriculture, according to one marine scientist who has cast doubt on the federal government's prediction that water quality...

Drinking water: Call for halt to coal mining as contamination level increases

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Peter Hannam Iron concentrations in a rivulet that feeds the Woronora Reservoir have doubled since the expansion of the Metropolitan Colliery, to levels which exceed Australian Drinking Water Guidelines by 30 per...

Anti-mining protesters vow to defy state forest closures

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Peter Hannam Environmental groups campaigning to halt mining development in two NSW state forests have vowed to defy government orders to close the sites because of fire risks.

Mining company's failed environmental repair job creates concrete creek

concrete creek

Donna Page It was meant to be a remediation program to repair extensive mine subsidence damage to Sugarloaf State Conservation Area in the Lower Hunter.

Entire state up for grabs in coal seam gas and mining rules

Coal fracking

Sean Nicholls FARMERS, environmental groups and miners have joined forces to condemn the state government's new regime for how coal seam gas drilling and coal mining may be carried out in NSW.

Queensland to lift ban on uranium mining

Radioactive

Daniel Hurst Queensland's ban on uranium mining will be lifted, with the Newman government confirming the decades-long prohibition is to be axed.

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Tiny Bulga wins day against mining Goliath

Paul Burgess

Ben Cubby, Sam Rigney The tiny NSW town of Bulga has won a three-year battle against mining giant Rio Tinto when a court overturned a state government-endorsed decision to allow it to dig an open-cut coalmine next to the...

Tarkine at risk as mining applications are assessed without advice on heritage

Tarkine, Tasmania.

Adam Morton A DECISION on whether several mines will open in Tasmania's Tarkine wilderness will be made without the federal government considering expert advice that it deserves national, and possibly world,...

Big support to stop coal seam gas mining while impact is assessed

CSG

Sean Nicholls More than two-thirds of Australians - or 68 per cent - support a moratorium on coal seam gas mining until more is known about its environmental impacts, a national poll shows, with 18 per cent...

Greens back Abbott on coal-seam gas mining

Tony Abbott.

Phillip Coorey The Greens have proposed an alliance with Tony Abbott's Coalition to support laws that would make it harder for coal-seam gas miners to intrude on farm land.

Uranium mining in NSW still 'under consideration'

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Sean Nicholls The NSW Minister for Resources and Energy, Chris Hartcher, has refused to rule out overturning a decades-old ban on uranium exploration after a government spokewoman admitted it was ''under...

Mining communities shiver

Many of Australia's mining communities have seemingly responded to Sunday's carbon tax announcement with the shivers, but this is actually a result of the coldest days in decades.

Greens up ante over mining tax

Bob Brown.

Phillip Coorey THE Greens leader, Bob Brown, is to increase pressure on the government to strengthen its mining tax just days before his party assumes control of the Senate, which will give it the final say on the...

'Only tiny' carbon tax effect on mining jobs

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Peter Martin The impact of the carbon tax on the mining industry will be "trivial" - so small that for practical purposes it will be "invisible," according to one of Australia's leading labour market economists.

Just say no: NSW warned against coal gas mining

BOB IRWIN made it to 72 before getting arrested for the first time.