Coal and gas

Help us stop the polluting coal and gas industries destroying precious wildlife habitat and adding to climate change.

Defending communities, water and wild places against coal and gas

Coal and coal seam gas companies are attempting to expand mining and fracking at unprecedented rates across New South Wales, threatening public health, clean air and water, productive farmlands and natural areas. Exploration licences and mining leases have been granted over tens of millions of hectares of our state. 

Coal mining creates permanent, destructive changes to our environment, clearing wildlife habitat, destroying rivers and streams, permanently damaging aquifers and polluting air and water. Coal mined in New South Wales is burned in Australia and overseas, polluting the air and producing over 400 million tonnes of carbon pollution annually.

We cannot afford to sacrifice the essentials of life – clean air, fresh water and our best farmland – for the benefit of powerful vested interests. It’s time to take a stand to protect our land, our water and our future.

Our solution

We need the NSW government to:

  • issue no new coal exploration licences or mining leases;
  • ban unconventional gas development;
  • make companies pay full rehabilitation costs; and 
  • overhaul the planning processes for major projects.

It’s time for our state to move beyond coal and gas, by driving investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable industries that don’t threaten our land, water and wild places.

Protect Sydney’s Water

Coal mining in Sydney’s drinking water catchment is cracking bedrock, destroying creeks and streams and draining about three billion litres a year from our water supply. We have formed a broad community alliance to protect the water supply for more than 4.5 million people. Learn more


Latest news


March 1, 2018


Climate pollution from NSW power stations stuck at 2013 levels

The decarbonization of the NSW electricity system has stalled with CO2 emissions from NSW power stations stuck on 49 million tonnes this year, today’s National Greenhouse data show.

Air pollutionClimate and energyCoal and gas

28 February 2018


Concern for NSW coal communities after US study finds coal-burning power stations pose risks to unborn children

The Nature Conservation Council is calling on the Berejiklian government to conduct a public inquiry into the health impacts of coal-fired power stations following a recent US study that linked emissions to premature births.

Air pollutionClimate and energyCoal and gas

23 February 2018


Report exposes deep divisions in Berejiklian Government over environmental policy

Reports in today’s The Australian confirm deep internal divisions in NSW Government over environmental policy, including land-clearing laws that are the subject of legal action by the Nature Conservation Council.

Forests and wildlifeMarine ConservationClimate and energyNSW ParliamentRivers and wetlandsCoal and gas


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