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Leigh Creek UCG project must be stopped

The Australian Greens are calling on urgent Federal Government intervention into the Leigh Creek Energy underground coal gasification project, after today’s announcement the company has produced its first syngas.

 

“The Federal Environment Minister must intervene and put a stop to this project before any irreversible damage is caused. It is a disgrace it was ever given the go-ahead by the South Australian Liberal Government,” Greens environment spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

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Traditional Owners oppose UCG in Leigh Creek

Today the Australian Greens stand in solidarity with the Adnyamathanha Traditional Land Owners opposing in-situ gasification at the old Leigh Creek mine site.

“Leigh Creek Energy is trying to push ahead with a dangerous technology in a sacred Adnyamathanha cultural site with complete disregard for a unanimous no vote from the community,” South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Australia must act on Japan’s plan to slaughter whales this summer

The Australian Greens are calling on urgent action from the Morrison Government to stop Japan’s intention to slaughter whales in the Southern Ocean under the fig leaf of scientific research. 

 

“The Morrison Government has told the Australian people they are committed to stopping whaling. Meanwhile, Japan has confirmed plans to kill hundreds of minke whales in our southern waters this summer and Australia needs a clear plan to stop it,” Greens environment spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said. 

 

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Greens welcome Virgin’s plastics ban

The Australian Greens have welcomed Virgin Australia’s ban on plastic straws and stirrers.

 

“The less plastic waste we have finding its way into our waterways and environment, the better. This move by Virgin Australia should be congratulated,” Greens environment spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

“Virgin joins a growing list of companies and small businesses banning single-use plastic straws and this is a trend we would like to see continue.

 

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Greens welcome Port Lincoln Council’s opposition to drilling in the Bight

Port Lincoln Council’s decision is a pivotal moment in the campaign to protect the Great Australian Bight, the Greens say.

 

“Port Lincoln has sent a clear message this week in support of keeping oil and gas drilling out of the Bight,” Greens environment spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

“This is another council joining the chorus of community leaders against drilling in the Bight. The Labor and Liberal parties, who have so far failed the growing number of South Australians opposed to drilling in the Bight, are on notice.

 

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Morrison’s Cabinet is an attack on the environment and climate action

The Prime Minister’s new Cabinet line-up is a direct attack on the environment and the health of the planet, Greens Environment spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says. 

 

“Putting a climate sceptic, pro-mining advocate in charge of the Environment portfolio and an anti-renewables warrior in charge on energy policy is declaration of war on the environment and our climate,” Senator Hanson-Young said. 

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The Bight must be protected, not exploited by big fossil fuels

The fossil fuels industry is spruiking an economic boon that would benefit them, not South Australians, if oil and gas drilling were to go ahead in the Great Australian Bight, the Australian Greens say.

“The fossil fuels industry wants drilling to go ahead because they are the ones who will profit – these multinational companies are seeking to risk the Great Australian Bight and send the profits offshore,” Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Labor and Liberal refuse to protect the Great Australian Bight

The Australian Greens have slammed the Labor and Liberal parties for rejecting the will of South Australians who want to see the Great Australian Bight World Heritage protected.

“The Labor and Liberal Parties have failed time and again to stand up for the Great Australian Bight and speak out against oil and gas drilling. If a spill happens in the Bight, oil will be on their hands,” Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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