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.
Peabody – Warkworth: submissions
Great Australian Bight: BP tax loopholes