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Tuesday, 19 September

23:53

Coal mining devastates villages and cultural heritage in Australias Hunter Valley CHANGING TIMES

In Australias Hunter Valley the coal mining industry is devastating local villages and precious Aboriginal heritage, and three people who have been campaigning against mine expansion in the area face possible seven-year jail sentences under New South Wales new anti-protest legislation.

The valley is a stunningly beautiful area that is one of Australias main wine-producing regions, with a viticultural history dating back to the early 1800s, but the local town of Mudgee now has three coal mines on its doorstep Wilpinjong, Moolarben, and Ulan and one more mine is planned at nearby Bylong.

The local landscape is now dominated by mine pits and mining infrastructure. The ecosystem has been irreparably damaged, local wildlife have lost vital habitat, and the owners of Wilpinjong have run roughshod over local peoples lives and livelihoods.

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12:38

8 Japan Nuclear Reactors At High Risk Of Volcano Damage, NRA Confirms

We outlined concerns about this back in 2014. It started with the Sendai nuclear reactors and their risk for damage

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10:28

Coal plant proposal for PNG city a poor option NGO Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Lae, Papua New Guinea Photo: RNZI/ Johnny Blades

Radio New Zealand | 19 September, 2017 

A proposal for a coal-fired power plant in Lae is a poor economic and environmental option, according to an anti-coal group in Papua New Guinea.

The proposal by Mayur Resources to build a plant on the Lae Tidal Basin has lingered for a couple of years, but failed to get a purchase agreement from PNG Power.

However Mayur had approval from PNG Ports through its re-development of Laes important port area.

But Chris Lahberger from Nogat Coal PNG said the government knew that a coal plant was not an efficient way to generate energy.

But it just looks awful as well, as PNG is a signatory to the Paris (Climate) Agreement to go one hundred percent renewable, and a coal mine with a forty year life span, Mr Lahberger said.

Mayur are now suggesting that the life span of this coal plant to be fifteen years. But the economics of that just doesnt stack up. Like you would not make your money back from your investment if you r...

10:17

Random Dog Interrupts Soccer Game Then Insists On Playing Fetch "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A professional soccer game was brought to an adorable halt over the weekend in Argentina after a random dog stormed the field to have a little fun of her own.

Evidently, the pup decided that ball the players had been kicking around was hers now and she proved it by showing off some pretty impressive dribbling skills.

Credit: TyC Sports

The canine interruption began about 30 minutes into a match between San Lorenzo and Arsenal de Sarand

It's unclear exactly where the dog had come from, but she clearly arrived with purpose. After an out-of-bounds hit, a player from San Lorenzo was supposed to make a corner kick. Before the ball could be retrieved, however, the rambunctious pup leapt into action, claiming it as her own. Even as officials tried to restore order, the very happy dog persisted. She apparently wanted to goad them into playing fetch.

No one seemed to mind much, though. In fact, everyone seemed to be thoroughly charmed by the dog as revealed by TyC Sports' video of the incident and subsequent interviews with some of the players.

A reporter actually tried to interview the dog about what took place but it didn't go so well.

She decided that the microphone belonged to her now, too.

Credit: TyC Sports

San Lorenzo went on to win the match, 1-0. Did this pup have something do with that? Probably.

Either way, the team was so impressed by the presumably stray dog that they've actually given her a job. According to news outlet Ol, the stadium's groundskeeper has adopted her. She'll work on site with a few oth...

09:26

Canadian First Nations reject mining proposal after conducting their own intensive review Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

The proposed location at Ppsell is a sacred, culturally and historically important site to the First Nations. Photo: Wilderness Committee

Could this be a model for communities in Papua New Guinea? 

Rather than relying on mining company propaganda, lets do our own independent assessments of mining proposals

KGHM Ajax Mining Inc. wants to build the Ajax open-pit copper and gold mine near the city of Kamloops, British Columbia in Canada.

The Stkemlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation (SSN) representing the First Nation communities in the area conducted their own thorough 18-month review of the project and have said NO to the Ajax mine project.

The SSN reviewed 20,000 pages of information and over 300 reports. They held a public comment period and heard from over 80 experts at an oral panel hearing.

From what they le...

Sunday, 17 September

21:37

Arrested Protestors say FERC is a Corrupt Agency "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Arrest of Andrew Hinz, 25 year FERC veteran

Disruption of U.S. Senate hearing includes a 25-year veteran of FERC

From an Article by Fossil Free Rhode Island, September 9, 2017

Three activists with Beyond Extreme Energy disrupted Thursdays Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the nominations of the final two members to join Trumps FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Committee). One of the arrestees was a 25-year veteran of the agency.

FERC is the agency that approved the expansion of the fracked gas pipeline and the compressor station, the site of the proposed gigawatt Invenergy power plant in Burrillville. Approval by FERC is also required for the National Grid liquefaction facility planned at Fields Point in the Port of Providence.

At Thursdays committee hearing, when Chairwoman Senator Murkowski asked the nominees, Richard Glick and Kevin McIntyre, to stand, Andrew Hinz also stood and shouted:
Have a conscience! FERC is destroying the atmosphere!

In a prepared statement, Hinz wrote:

Because I spent 25 years working at FERC, I am compelled to speak out. It is abundantly clear now that natural gas is not a safe bridge fuel. We must divert any proposed investment in fossil fuel infrastructure not required for safety to a rapid transition to sustainable energy. FERC is broken and in dire need of a reset. It must take into account solid, overwhelming evidence of climate impacts and, instead of permitting fossil fuel expansion projects, it must support and aggressively promote incorporation of sustainable energy into our grid. Until FERC is reset, we are witnessing an undemocratic, non-representative process that is merely an extension of the fossil fuel industry and is destroying our atmosphere and poisoning our water. My message to our legislators: find your conscience before it is too latewhile there is still time to keep our planet habitable.

Ted Glick, a New Jersey-based activist who was arrested at a similar hearing for Trumps first two nominees to FERC, stood and repeatedly asked Congress to investigate FERC. The agencys abuses of law and power have been exhaustively documented by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, which hosted a speak-out at the National Press Club last year.

Ted Glick met earlier this year wi...

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