Protect Sydney’s Water

We have united with more than 50 campaign partners to Protect Sydney’s Water by ending destructive coal and gas development in the drinking-water catchment for Australia's largest city.

Coal mines are draining and polluting our drinking water

Underground coal mines in Sydney’s drinking water catchments are cracking and draining river beds, killing swamps that hold and filter water, and leaching contaminants such as manganese and iron into the water supply for 4.5 million people.

Coal mines in Sydney’s special catchment areas already drain about 3 billion litres a year from the water supply — enough water to fill 1,200 Olympic-sized swimming pools – and the problem is only getting worse.

The scale and impact of coal mining operations in the drinking water catchments has increased dramatically over the past decade, resulting in widespread and increasingly severe damage.

Coal seam gas fields are now the latest threat, with an AGL exploration licence covering most of the city’s drinking water catchment (three other licences threatening our water supplies have been bought back and cancelled in 2015 thanks to the campaign against them). During coal seam gas extraction, millions of litres of water are pumped from deep in beneath the earth, producing vast quantities of polluted water.

These activities have no place in our drinking water catchments. It is essential the government implement legally binding protections for our water catchments before the next state election.

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10 June, 2016


10,000 people ask Santos to ditch Narrabri CSG project

Farmers and environmentalists will hand deliver petitions carrying more than 10,000 signatures to Santos's Sydney office this morning, asking new chief executive Kevin Gallagher to drop the Narrabri Gas Project in the Pilliga Forest in north-west NSW.

Coal and gas

22 September, 2016


Unacceptable that coal mine assessment is being based on secret biodiversity offset rules

The Baird government has hit a new low with revelations it is using a “secret” planning assessment tool that has never been made public to assess biodiversity impacts of a major new coal mine near Singleton in the Hunter Valley.

Coal and gas

13 September, 2016


Court decision proves laws too weak to protect Sydney's drinking water from mine pollution

A court has today found an underground coal mine near Lithgow can pump millions of litres of polluted water into Warragamba Dam each day and place the future of Sydney’s drinking water at risk.

Coal and gas




Coal and Gas polling 2016

A majority of people in NSW thinks the coal industry is doing NSW communities more harm than good, a new survey has found.

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