There are growing calls on Minister Tanya Plibersek to ensure the country's main environment law takes climate change into account when assessing new fossil fuel and forestry projects. Pip Hinman reports.
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First Nations people told a protest that they did not give consent for Woodside's seismic testing for a mega gas project. Chris Jenkins reports.
Environmental and climate advocacy groups have asked the ACCC to investigate alleged greenwashing by the Australian Petroleum Producers and Exploration Association. Kerry Smith reports.
Climate activists and unionists rallied in various cities for World Environment Day, calling for an end to new coal and gas projects for anti-protest laws to be scrapped. Jim McIlroy, Sue Bull & Niko Leka report.
Knitting Nannas and supporters were at the NSW Supreme Court to support Dominique Jacobs and Helen Kvelde challenge to the undemocratic anti-protest laws. Rachel Evans reports.
First Nations cultural heritage is under threat from multinational mining company Glencore’s coal mine expansion at the site of one of the Frontier Wars at Glendell, reports Pip Hinman.
The Federal Court will travel to the Tiwi Islands to take evidence from Traditional Owners on Country who oppose the approval of Santos’ Barossa Gas Project. Rebecca Parker reports.
A coalition of environment groups warn against the Victorian Parliament bringing in new anti-protest laws which would even stop Traditional Owners from protecting Country. Chloe DS reports.
The community group Groundswell Gloucester in the Upper Hunter Valley scored another win on May 8 when Gloucester Resources Limited (GRL) announced it would not appeal against a Land and Environment Court decision to refuse consent for its Rocky Hill Coal Project.
Justice Brian Preston of the Land and Environment Court ruled on February 8 against approving a new open-cut coalmine just outside Gloucester.
Environment groups say new land-clearing laws, expected to be put before the Queensland parliament this week, contain loopholes that could allow the continued clearing of high-value vegetation where landowners have already “locked in” their vegetation maps.
Queensland is responsible for more land clearing than the rest of the country combined. Rates of clearing surged when the former Liberal National Party (LNP) government under Premier Campbell Newman scrapped restrictions in December 2013.
Justice Peter Applegarth of the Supreme Court rejected on June 23 the application by New Acland Coal (NAC) for judicial review of the Queensland Land Court’s decision, which recommended rejecting the Stage 3 expansion of the New Hope Mine. He said he was not satisfied irreparable harm would be caused to New Acland Coal and other third parties if a stay was not ordered.
The controversial Adani Carmichael coalmine was granted an unlimited 60-year water licence by the Queensland government on March 29. Environmentalists fear the mine will drain huge amounts of water from the Great Artesian Basin and say it is yet another example of governments giving the mine special treatment.
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