August 8, 2011
Friends of the Earth media release August 8, 2011
Withdrawal of coal and CSG applications a great outcome
Mecrus Resources, the mining company who has applied for exploratory mineral mining licences throughout SW Victoria, has taken Coal Seam Gas and Coal off the list of resources they will explore for.
“This is a wonderful outcome: for the local community, the environment, and common sense” said Cam Walker, campaigns co-ordinator with Friends of the Earth. “The time for investment in new coal is long over. The community does not want CSG operations in this state.”
“While the company still intends to look for mineral sands, gold, silver, and other resources, and these could all have negative impacts on agricultural land in the west of the state, the withdrawal of coal and CSG is a great outcome. Given the impacts of mineral sands operations on water and land, it is hard to imagine the community would support mining for this resource. We congratulate the company for listening to the deep community concern that exists around further coal expansion and the threat of Coal Seam Gas and urge them to abandon any plans to look for mineral sands”.
“This is a victory for local groups who have mobilised against what is clearly an unsustainable and un-popular proposal”.
Further comment: Cam Walker 0419 338 047