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GDF Suez refusal to pay for cost of Hazelwood coal disaster reinforces need to regulate the sector

Hazelwood_fire.jpgMEDIA RELEASE: 7 July, 2015

National environment group Friends of the Earth say news the owner of Hazelwood is refusing to pay the $18 million cost of fighting last year's fire that occurred in their brown coal mine reinforces the need to regulate the sector.

"GDF Suez's refusal to pay an $18 million fire-fighting bill strengthens the case for regulating the coal sector to protect the public purse, community health, and our climate," said Cam Walker, Friends of the Earth campaigns coordinator.

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Gormandale declaration

Gormandale_declaration_July_2015.jpgAnother Gippsland community has completed their survey with an overwhelming 94% saying no to new coal and gasfields.

Sunday July 19.

Gormandale will be the 62nd Victorian community to declare itself coal and/or gasfield free.

Come along and support this great community.

 

 

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Support FoE and support green energy at the same time.

C3_tag_FoE.jpgWith the continued attempts by the federal government to undermine the Renewable Energy Target (RET), we need to stay focused on federal politics to ensure the best possible policy environment for the uptake of renewable power.

But there is a role for us as consumers as well. By purchasing green power (energy from renewable sources like wind, solar and hydro) we are helping create a strong economic environment that will drive further investment in clean energy.

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Unions and Community Groups Unite Against The TPP

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Friends of the Earth was proud to help organise yesterday's Unions and Communities TPP Roundtable, hosted by the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) at the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) National Congress 2015.

The Roundtable included doctors, nurses, farmers, unionists, academics, lawyers, environmental groups, community groups and faith groups who have been campaigning around the TPP since 2010.

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Nationals vote on Unconventional Gas Inquiry a betrayal of rural communities

Ute_sign_East_Gippsland_2014.pngFriends of the Earth media release. May 27, 2015

In an extraordinary move, The Nationals have voted against a Greens Amendment to the Onshore Unconventional Gas Inquiry .

 When the Terms of Reference (TOR) were debated in Parliament last night, The Greens suggested a range of amendments to the TOR:

- looking into the benefits of a permanent ban on unconventional gas in Victoria
- looking into the capacity of regulators to manage the industry effectively
- considering the costs of any clean up after a contamination event

The Greens also proposed to extend the dates of the Inquiry by three months.

 

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Inquiry into Unconventional Gas

I-say-no-to-gasfields1.jpgCheck here for details on the Victorian government's Inquiry into Unconventional gas.

Public hearings are now underway, and we have until friday July 10 to get submissions in.

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