Remove shark nets, introduce mining bans: green groups' wish list for NSW

Peter Hannam The Coalition governments under Barry O’Farrell and Mike Baird have “declared war on the environment” since taking office in 2011, according to nine leading green groups in the...

Seabed mining - from science fiction to reality

Andrew Darby On an engineering works floor in Britain stands a 250 tonne machine that promises to change the way we think about the seabed. It's built to mine the deep.

Australian lead mining caused early Antarctic pollution

Was pristine once.

The first lead pollution in Antarctica occurred as a result of industrial emissions more than 20 years before explorers reached the South Pole, scientists have discovered.

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


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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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


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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Katter backs Jones's call on coal seam gas mining


Federal independent MP Bob Katter has backed broadcaster Alan Jones, who says Queensland has an unhealthy addiction to mining.

At the coalface: Jones and Greens together in mining fight

Alan Jones

Phillip Coorey Alan Jones arrived in Canberra yesterday and found himself in furious agreement with the Greens in admitting he had overstepped the mark with some of the things he had said about the Prime Minister,...

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


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'

Cloudbreak mine Western Australia Pilbara iron ore  Fortescue metal group lead by Andrew taken on the 22nd of september by Jacky Ghossein SPECIALX 0000

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...