Ban Underground Coal Gasification

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Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) is an undeveloped, high risk mining technique involving the combustion of coal seams underground.

It has already caused pollution disasters in Australia and overseas.  In South West Queenland, Linc Energy polluted 175 square kilometres of prime agricultural land with dangerous chemicals and gasses, causing the death of livestock and damaging farmland for the foreseeable future.

The Queensland government recently responded to this disaster by banning Underground Coal Gasification.

However, this technology is not banned in other states or territories. There are currently plans to fuel a power station in the South Australian outback town of Leigh Creek through "in-situ gasification" (UCG).

It’s time to build on the momentum of this Queensland ban by instating a national ban on this dangerous practice.

We cannot let agricultural land, ground water and natural environments become the collateral damage of these high risk mining experiments, especially when we have safe, renewable energy options available.

There is no room for this dangerous, high emissions technology in a forward thinking country.

For background information on UCG, please check here.


Environment Minister, Josh Frydenberg, has the power to act to ban this dangerous technology



No Nuclear Waste in the Flinders Ranges Petition

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The Turnbull Government is pushing through plans to build a national nuclear waste dump in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia.

In November 2015 Federal Resource Minister Josh Frydenberg named six sites across Australia as potential locations for a facility where low level radioactive waste would be buried and long lived intermediate level waste stored above ground. In April 2016, Minsiter Frydenberg announced that just one of the sites remains under consideration ‒ on Aboriginal land in the Flinders Ranges of SA.

Friends of the Earth has been working closely with Adnyamathanha Traditional Owners who are united in their opposition to the proposed dump. Please show your support for the Traditional Owners by signing our petition.

Will you add your voice to the call?


Turnbull, Defend Enviro Orgs

After a long-running campaign waged by the Minerals Council and the hard right to strip environmental organisations of their charitable status, the Turnbull government has appointed a known ideological warrior as the head of the charities commission.

This bizarre appointment of Gary Johns, one of the most public opponents of environmental organisations who has argued against advocacy as a form of charity, can only be taken as an ideological attack.

We're calling for your help.

Take action now to #DefendEnviroOrgs and email PM Malcolm Turnbull calling on him to stare down the hard right and over-rule this ideological appointment.   

Gary Johns, who has publicly opposed the work of many non-profit organisations cannot be trusted to fairly regulate environmental and social justice charities. 

The head of the Australian Charities and Non-Profits Commission should reflect the values of looking after place and society, the values that thousands of volunteers bring to their charitable work everyday - not stand as yet another ideological appointment in a long running campaign against environmental organisations.  

Malcolm Turnbull must protect the integrity of the Charities and Not For Profits Commission. Add your voice to the call - Email PM Turnbull today to #DefendEnviroOrgs and send a clear message to say #HandsOffOurCharities.