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.

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

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Latest news

 

8 February 2019

 

Rocky Hill judgement exposes bankruptcy of fossil fuel industry’s pollution claims

The Nature Conservation Council congratulates Groundswell Gloucester and the Environmental Defenders Office NSW for their historic win in the Land and Environment Court today.

Climate and energyCoal and gas

17 January 2019

 

AGL admits selling ash with heavy metal contamination

AGL’s admission that it has been selling contaminated waste to business customers highlights the need to tighten environmental controls on the state’s most polluting industry.

Climate and energyPollution and wasteCoal and gas

23 November 2018

 

Repower Monaro brings together community for renewables

Repower Monaro hosted an inspiring evening to a packed-out audience at the Tigers Club on Wednesday 21 November with climate expert speakers Prof Andrew Blakers, Dr John Hewson, former Liberal Party leader, and Repower Monaro volunteer Jenny Goldie.

Air pollutionClimate and energyCoal and gas

 
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