Target: Greg Hunt, Australia’s Minister for the Environment
Goal: Don’t approve coal mine expansion that will threaten groundwater and further damage global air quality.
A coal mining company wants to expand operations on a parcel of land near an existing mine that has not yet been approved for mining. The company has claimed that if the expansion is not granted, the mine will most likely be shut down. We must take action now to urge local officials to decline this mining company’s request for expansion so that the entire coal mine will be shut down for good.
Located in Queensland, Australia, Rio Tinto’s coal mine, known as the Kestrel Mine, produces approximately seven million tons of coal a year. Rio Tinto has been seeking this underground mining expansion for a couple years now. The first two applications were declined due to environmental impacts regarding groundwater. However, a third application for expansion is currently being processed and this is the time to make our voice heard. Our world does not need more dirty energy sources.
The coal produced at the Kestrel Mine is shipped to locations all over the world. The mine’s expansion will not only impact groundwater from seepage and acid mine drainage but also impact the world by burning this coal for energy, emitting greenhouse gases that impact climate change.
In a time when we need to move past coal as a viable energy source, it does not seem right to extend the life and area of this coal mine. By signing this petition, you are urging Australia’s Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, to take all action imaginable to stop this coal mine expansion.
Dear Minister Hunt,
Rio Tinto’s coal mine, Kestrel Mine, should be denied to expand on new land and to operate for another 20 years. Our world is moving away from nonrenewable energy sources, especially coal. If this mine isn’t approved, Rio Tinto has claimed that the mine will indeed close. You must act now to stop this coal mine expansion to protect the quality of local and global natural resources.
Rio Tinto’s expansion application for the Kestrel Mine has been denied twice because of the environmental impact to the groundwater. If approved, the mine could easily contaminate the local water supply through acid mine drainage. Furthermore, if the mine is allowed to produce millions of tons of coal for the next 20 years, our global air quality will suffer. That coal will be burned and emit dangerous greenhouse gases, increasing the effects of climate change.
I urge you to take action against the proposed coal mine expansion for Rio Tinto’s Kestrel Mine. Please protect Australia’s aquifers and the world’s air quality from the devastating effects of coal and coal mining.
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