Save Leard Forest from the bulldozers!

The story so far

Leard State Forest in north-west New South Wales near the mining town of Boggabri. The coal mine at Maules Creek – the largest coal mine currently under construction in Australia – has been given permission to break the most basic of mining rules; to stop clearing during the winter months, when many threatened species are hibernating. Other mines in the area have not been given this special treatment.

The threat of coal mining

Coal mining planned for this area of New South Wales by Whitehaven Coal is expected to destroy approximately 5000 hectares – that’s more than half – of Leard State Forest, and produce 30 million tonnes of carbon pollution per year.

“This mine is being built on a tract of woodland so important it’s been classified as ‘tier 1 biodiversity’. It’s so rare that only 0.1% of its original extent remains in the world in an undisturbed state. It is home to over 396 native species, 26 of which are threatened. That includes the koala, squirrel glider, corben’s longeared bat, pale headed snake and barking owl.” – Greenpeace

Greenpeace campaign to save Leard Forest

Greenpeace activists have been working to stop Whitehaven Coal from razing the ancient Leard State Forest in order to build a coal mine. Greenpeace reports on the current situation with the coal company:

“Whitehaven’s original Biodiversity Management Plan stated that “clearing of areas for mining will be undertaken predominantly late summer and early autumn periods in order to avoid key breeding/hibernation seasons for threatened bat and bird species known to reside in the Leard State Forest.

But this is now defunct, because Whitehaven has decided to flatten the forest anyway, hibernation or not. The result? Animals are being killed in their sleep. After Labor and the Greens called for Whitehaven to stop, even state Environment Minister Rob Stokes has been prompted to express his ‘frustration’ at Whitehaven.

Pressure is building, but the activists in the forests are a thin line of defence. It’s down to the NSW Government to call on Whitehaven to stop.” Greenpeace

Supporting Greenpeace

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How you can help

Take action now by signing the urgent petition to the Government, led by Greenpeace:

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