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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Latest news

 

2 August 2017

 

Major win for the environment - court rules coal mine expansion approval invalid

Conservationists today welcomed the 4nature conservation group’s successful legal bid that overturns the approved extension to the Springvale underground coal mine near Lithgow. Conservation group 4nature won its case in the NSW Court of Appeal, overturning the original decision in the Land and Environment Court that ruled in favour of Centennial Coal who operates this mine.

Coal and gas

6 June, 2017

 

Renewables, not gas, are the answer to NSW’s energy woes

The Berejiklian government’s plans to expand gas exploration in NSW would threatened water and land resources in new parts of the state without addressing the urgent need to transition to clean energy, according to the Nature Conservation Council.

Climate and energyCoal and gas

9 June, 2017

 

Finkel Review puts politics ahead of climate action

Recommendations of the Finkel Review, as reported in today’s media, fail to address the urgent need to rapidly reduce the nation’s climate pollution, according to the Nature Conservation Council.

Climate and energyCoal and gas

 

Resources

 

Our Land, Our Water, Our Future Supporter Pack

Become part of the campaign to make protection of land, water and special natural areas from coal and gas an election issue in 2015.

 
 

Our Environment, Our Future: Policies for the 2015 NSW election and beyond

This document details the environment movement's top policy asks for the 2015 NSW election.

 

Our Land, Our Water, Our Future Campaign Video

Communities across NSW are under siege from coal and gas. This one-minute video outlines the problem and what needs to be done.

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