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Category: Coal

Aussie Coal-Fired Power Pollution More Toxic than China

Posted by Peter, on August 17, 2017

Environmental Justice Australia has released a report which says that Australian coal-fired power stations produce levels of toxic air pollution that would be illegal in the US, Europe and China.  Continue reading »

New Zealand to Be Coal Free by 2018

Posted by Peter, on August 10, 2015

Coal-fired electricity generation will be coming to an end in New Zealand by December 2018. Genesis Energy, which is based in Texas, has announced that the country’s two remaining coal-burning electricity generators at its Huntly Power Station are to be permanently closed in 2018. New Zealand already relies on renewable energy for most of its […]  Continue reading »

AGL to Rethink Coal Seam Gas

Posted by Peter, on February 18, 2015

Energy company AGL has announced a major internal review of its coal seam gas business. The review follows the detection of the banned chemical, BTEX, in flowback water taken from two of itsĀ  four wells near Gloucester, north of Newcastle, and from an above-ground water storage tank. Coal seam gas operations at Gloucester have ceased […]  Continue reading »

New Approval Laws for Coal Seam Gas

Posted by Peter, on March 12, 2013

The Federal Government has announced new laws to ensure that any coal seam gas or large coal mine development which has "a significant impact on a water resource" must be assessed by the Commonwealth rather than just a State Government. According to the Independent MP Tony Windsor the new laws have closed an "enormous gap" […]  Continue reading »

BHP: Coal Usage to Decline “And Frankly It Should”

Posted by Peter, on December 12, 2012

During an announcement of plans to reinforce infrastructure around its Hay Point coal terminal in Queensland, Marcus Randolph, the head of BHP Billiton's coal operations, explained that the company would "rebuild the facility to be more durable to climate change". He said that “As we see more cyclone-related events . . . the vulnerability of one of […]  Continue reading »

Coal-fired Power Units To Be Taken Offline

Posted by Peter, on October 15, 2012

Reduced demand, and the need to reduce carbon emissions, have forced the closure of half of the 1,400 megawatt capacity of the Tarong Power Station in Queensland. Two of the coal-fired power stations four generation units are being closed. Dennis Franklin, Managing Director of state-owned Stanwell Corp which operates the power station, said that the […]  Continue reading »

Annual Health Cost of Coal-Fired Power: $2.6 billion

Posted by Peter, on August 15, 2012

According to a recent Report by the Climate Institute and the Climate & Health Alliance, coal-fired power generation in Australia carries a human health cost – from associated respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous system diseases – of $2.6 billion annually. The Report says that the mining and combustion of coal carries serious and well understood risks […]  Continue reading »

Funding for Coal Power Station Withdrawn

Posted by Peter, on July 27, 2012

The Federal Government has withdrawn funding for a proposed brown coal-fired power station in Victoria's Latrobe Valley. In 2007, the Howard government allocated $101 million to the power company HRL towards a coal drying and gasification plant. The 600 megawatt plant was intended to produce power using brown coal and gas turbines. This would emit […]  Continue reading »

WA Ends Margaret River Coal Mining Applications

Posted by Peter, on July 24, 2012

The Western Australian Government has moved to prevent future coal mining in the Margaret River area by terminating all pending applications for coal exploration. After months of community protests, the Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Norman Moore, has terminated all current applications within a 230-square kilometre zone at Margaret River. There had been 25 applications […]  Continue reading »

NSW Dirtiest Power Station Closed

Posted by Peter, on July 4, 2012

Munmorah Power Station, the dirtiest coal-fired power station in New South Wales, has been permanently closed. Although the power station's operator, Delta Electricity, said that the introduction of the carbon price was the final factor in its closure, Munmorah has not been operated for two years because of high operating costs and reduced demand for […]  Continue reading »

Coal Seam Gas Plan for St Peters Abandoned

Posted by Peter, on May 11, 2012

In a statement to the stock exchange, coal seam gas miner, Dart Energy, has stated that it will not drill for coal seam gas at St Peters in Sydney’s Inner West. The statement followed an attempt by Marrickville Council to use its planning powers to block mining at the proposed location. The Council renewed recycling […]  Continue reading »

World’s Largest Coal Seam Found in the Northern Territory

Posted by Peter, on June 29, 2011

Central Petroleum Limited says that a coal field that it discovered in the Simpson Desert could be the biggest in the world. The coal seam, about 300 kilometres from Alice Springs, stretches for 400 kilomrtres. The company is not proposing to mine the coal but to gasify it underground and then turn the gas into […]  Continue reading »

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