Coal wars: Move for green future

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Coal wars: Move for green future

Postby HVPA_research » Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:34 am

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Another local council shows that residents are not happy with uncontrolled coal and gas industry expansion in the Hunter.

COALMINERS and coal seam gas companies have been warned off a large part of the Hunter Region – virtually the entire Upper Hunter local government area – in a bid to protect the thoroughbred industry, water and prime agricultural land.

Newly-elected Upper Hunter Shire Council mayor Lee Watts says the Upper Hunter is ‘‘not open for business’’ – for coalmining or gas extraction – without stronger protection of water, the equine industry and prime agricultural land.

The council endorsed a policy on Monday night that makes most of the shire an ‘‘exclusion zone’’, keeping future mining and coal seam gas extraction away from horse studs.
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