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The photo graphically illustrates modern open-cut methods – the Americans call it ‘mountain top removal’ or mining on steroids because it literally takes all in its path.  This is already happening less than 200km from the Scenic Rim, 170km west of Brisbane.

The town of Acland (population 200) was bulldozed to make way for New Hope Coal’s mine and across the Darling and Western Downs thousands of hectares of quality food growing land is being turned over for two of the largest coal mines in the world. This destruction is also evident in New South Wales’ Liverpool Plains and Hunter Valley areas, where for miles and miles open cuts scar the landscape.

Some landholders have been lucky enough to be able to leave, others remain with properties unsalable because of the impacts from the mines, including coal dust, 24-hour noise and lights, as well as roads made unsafe by the huge numbers of trucks transporting coal and materials. Coal mining is acknowledged as a ‘dirty industry’ associated with asthma, lung disease, including black lung disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer, birth defects and clinical depression. 

The coal mining industry also makes huge demands on water supplies and impacts heavily on surrounding vegetation and wildlife. Plants and animals die when exposed to coal dust.

The rising price of coal means resources in the Scenic Rim, once considered unviable, are now being closely investigated.  Keep the Scenic Rim Scenic’s research shows exploration company Coalbank formerly known as Lodestone, is talking up reserves at Veresdale, Bromelton and Darlington/Lost World Valley; and Carabella Resources is considering the viability of mining outcrops at Barney View.

DRILLING RIG CRUSHES AUSTRALIAN FARMER’S AKUBRA HATS INTO THE DIRT

Drilling rig trucks crushed Akubra hats into the dirt this morning as Arrow Energy sought to end a 10 day standoff with angry farmers and landholders in the Scenic Rim, in Queensland’s south east.

Emotions poured over as Kerry Valley farmer Rod Anderson addressed the crowd of more than 100 people, who had been blockading a coal seam gas exploration well.  Before throwing his hat in front of the departing drill rig in the traditional Australian challenge to a fight, his message was clear:

“I’ve been standing over by that strainer post for the last bloody 10 days quietly behaving, like all of us locals have. I’ve got a little place up the top there, its only small, might be insignificant to some, but its my house and its my home. There’s plenty of farmers around here, and no-one’s listening to us, treating us like there’s no one underneath these hats. They don’t give a shit. We’ve had a gut-full.…

And fancy, its just absolutely mind-boggling that good citizens and good farmers and good people with no criminal history, just blokes off the street who are trying to do the right thing for this country, are forced to come down here and bark at cars like mongrel dogs. That’s bullshit. Its not fair.  The whole place here is built on generations of farmers, generations of business people that’ve done the best they can do for this community and are putting stuff back into the community. I can’t believe that we have to justify ourselves to the government and justify our existence and farming and our concern for the water table to the government and to Arrow.  Arrow should be down here justifying their existence to have the right to ruin our water. And the government’s letting them do it.  So I’m here to make a stand for all the people who were too afraid to come down here because of the stand over tactics and they didn’t want to be involved and they didn’t want to be seen…they were frightened. But By Gee whiskers there’s a lot of bloody locals here that have had enough and I tell ya what: if that rig or any other rig comes back into this community there will be a shitload more people that’ll stand up and then we’re in for a good fight. So I’m putting my hat down in protest, and all the other peoples hats down that I know that are me mates. I’ve had a gutful. Its bloody un-Australian. We need our help here from our government and its about time that someone come down here saw us.”

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