Target: Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunt
Goal: Protect freshwater and cropland from an expensive expansion of a coal mine.
Freshwater and agricultural lands are in jeopardy from a proposal to increase production at a dirty coal mine from 4.8 million tons a year to 7.5 million tons a year. The mine expansion will destroy wildlife habitat and cost millions of dollars. We must invest in renewable energy sources instead of toxic coal. The time is now to speak up and stop this destructive mine expansion.
The expansion of the New Acland Coal Mine, located in Queensland, Australia, will destroy 1,400 hectares of cropland and involve the clearing of eight endangered and of-concern regional habitats, including koala habitat. The state’s environmental department has issued a draft authority for the $900 million expansion project.
The expansion will demand the use of more freshwater, causing a draw down in the local aquifer by as much as 50 meters in some areas. Local air quality and human health are also at risk from the mining operation because the draft environmental assessment for the expansion project did not account for a dust particulate known as PM2.5. This tiny particulate is known to cause lung damage and respiratory health issues.
Burning coal for energy is not safe for our world. When coal is burned, carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is a heat-trapping greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. We must stop this expansion, which will simply support more coal consumption.
By signing this petition, you are demanding that the Federal Environment Minister of Australia address and reevaluate the expansion project for the New Acland Coal Mine. It is imperative that we speak up now before irreparable damage is done to this vital wildlife habitat.
Dear Minister Hunt,
The New Acland Coal Mine is already a dirty operation and an expansion will be costly and destructive. The expansion project will destroy nearly 1,400 hectares of prime cropping land and clear cut eight endangered and of-concern ecosystems. Furthermore, the expansion will only fuel the dirty fossil fuel industry.
The mine’s expansion will cost $900 million and will damage the earth for years to come. The freshwater aquifer in the area will experience a draw down from the increased operation. The draw down could take hundreds of years to recharge, if it recharges at all.
Local citizens will suffer from the aquifer’s drop as well as dust particulates in the air. The current environmental assessment done for the expansion does not include the risk of the particulate PM2.5, a tiny particulate known to cause lung damage and respiratory health issues.
I am urging you to please protect Australian land, citizen health, the freshwater aquifer, and global air quality from the New Acland Coal Mine expansion project.
[Your Name Here]
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