Coal and oil investigations


Extractive industries can cause massive damage to the environment. Toxic chemicals pollute groundwater and leech into the soil. Poisonous heavy metals end up in our river systems and make their way into the food chain.

In most cases bonds to pay for rehabilitation after mining has finished are simply not adequate to cover the costs of rehabilitating the land. Are current laws working? Can companies be trusted to fund rehabilitation? What are the true impacts of poor rehabilitation on our environment and our health? What benefits, including job creation and a healthier environment, might we get if we get mine rehabilitation right?

Environmental Justice Australia has looked into the lengths mining companies go to dodge the clean-up costs of their operations. Read the full report, or see our quick list of the tricks mining companies use to get out of cleaning up.

The damage mining can cause can be felt far and wide. Queensland’s Office of Information Commissioner (OIC) has determined that the public has a legitimate interest in obtaining mining company bank guarantees provided to the state to meet rehabilitation expenses for Peabody’s Burton coal mine. We applied to obtain these bank guarantees under Queensland’s Right to Information legislation.

Our investigations into corporations and governments have uncovered significant issues with BP’s statements on tax and Peabody’s bankruptcy filing, legal loopholes and the Queensland government’s assessment of rehabilitation bonds.


Dodging clean-up costs: report, background

Qld OIC ruling on public interest disclosure: ruling, background

Peabody – Warkworth: submissions

Great Australian Bight: BP tax loopholes

Australian govt releases climate risk guidelines following landmark court cases

December 21, 2018

NT’s deal with gas company to cost consumers $2.7 billion and enable fracking

December 10, 2018

World first legal action to test trustee duties on climate risks filed against A$50 billion fund

October 3, 2018

A 23-year-old is taking a $50bn super fund to court over climate change

July 25, 2018

Double standards on climate risks – Government protects big investors but not taxpayers

July 23, 2018

EJA files complaint with Ombudsman about EFIC

July 6, 2018

EFIC fail: support for Adani opens legal and political risks

June 8, 2018

Fracking the Northern Territory

May 25, 2018

Onslow Beach by Stu Rapley

NAIF: Any port in a storm

February 1, 2018