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

 

10 October, 2017

 

Crossbenchers must vote to maintain the purity of Sydney’s drinking water

The Nature Conservation Council is calling on crossbenchers in the NSW Legislative Council to reject amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act the government rushed through the NSW Legislative Assembly last night.

Planning and DevelopmentClimate and energyRivers and wetlandsCoal and gas

12 October 2017

 

New law overturns Springvale mine court ruling and weakens drinking water protection

The NSW Parliament passed a regressive law last night to wipe away findings of the NSW Court of Appeal, allowing the continued operation of the Springvale coal mine and locking in pollution for developments in Sydney’s drinking water catchment.

Planning and DevelopmentClimate 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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