Friday, November 25, 2016

AGM 28 November, 6.30 pm

Just a reminder to members that our AGM is to be held at 6.30 pm on Monday 28 November at Running Stream hall.


Please come along and support your association!

Afterwards there will be a light supper, which will give us an opportunity to talk and catch up.

Please note that membership renewals are due.

We look forward to seeing you there.


AGM Agenda


ITEM 1: Confirmation of Minutes of the 2015 AGM

ITEM 2: President’s Report
ITEM 3: Treasurer’s Report and Acceptance of Annual Statement
ITEM 4: Election of Office Bearers
ITEM 5: Membership Fees



Inglenook CCC report notes 20 September 2016

20 Sept 2016 Inglenook CCC -  Report to Meeting by Centennial

Reporting period: March 2016 – September 2016

Project Update: Exploration Drilling
• Budget submission for 7 exploration boreholes to be drilled in 2017 has been submitted to Senior Management for approval.
• Focus of the drilling program is to define the western extent of the coal resource across Exploration Licences EL7431 and EL7432.
• The drilling program has not yet been approved and the CCC will be advised if the drilling program is to recommence in 2017.

EL A414 Renewal
• A414 expired in June 2016. Centennial submitted a renewal application in June 2016 for a further term of six years.
• The Department’s Exploration Titles Committee (ETC) oversees the renewal process. This committee is chaired by the Manager, Royalties and Adviser Services and comprises representatives from the Geological Survey, the Environmental Sustainability Unit and the Titles Unit.
• Until an expired exploration title is renewed the conditions of the expired exploration licence remain in effect. Renewal is expected by December 2016

Environmental Management
• Baseline surface water quality sampling scheduled for 28 September 2016
• Baseline groundwater quality and level sampling scheduled for 28 September 2016.
• Baseline vibrating wire piezometer data has been collected remotely on a daily basis and will continue.
• Baseline weather data collection has also continued throughout the reporting period and will continue.

Compliance
• A414 Annual Exploration and Community Consultation report submitted to NSW Department of Industry in June. Non-Compliance
• There has been no incidents of non-compliance during the reporting period.

Community Engagement
• Project newsletter to be distributed in October 2016.
• Access Agreement negotiations for future exploration will resume once the 2017 work program has been approved by Centennial management.


Activities for the coming reporting period

Exploration:
• Planning for future exploration drilling.
• Statutory Exploration Licence reporting for EL7431, EL7432 and EL7442 in December 2016.
Environment:
• Surface water and groundwater monitoring to be undertaken in September.
• Monitoring will only be undertaken at existing monitoring sites
Company Update
• Improved efficiency and cost management across each of the five operational mine sites has enabled Centennial Coal to remain competitive through the current industry downturn.
• NSW Department of Planning and Environment released Draft CCC Guidelines for comment. Centennial participated with the NSW Minerals Council Working Group to develop a submission in relation to the Guidelines. Awaiting the release of the Guidelines.

• NSW Department of Planning and Environment has commenced consultation in relation to the Social Impact Assessment process. The outcome of the consultation will be used to inform the draft SIA Guidelines which are expected to be released November 2016 for comment.

(Notes compiled by Jolieske Lips, Community and RSWUA Representative.)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Werris Creek coal mine cracks aquifer

On Monday, NSW Greens MP, Jeremy Buckingham, posted a YouTube video showing water spraying out from an aquifer cracked by mining activities at the Werris Creek mine near Tamworth, NSW.

He said: 
Yesterday, I was astonished to see the Werris Creek coal mine madly spraying water into the air to try to evaporate it after the coal mine intersected an aquifer.
The coal pit is filling with water from the aquifer, while nearby farmers are seeing their bores run dry and soil lose moisture as it all flows into the mine. This is exactly what farmers on the Liverpool Plains and elsewhere are concerned about. Once you break an underground water source, it is impossible to fix. Coal mining is no longer necessary and certainly not worth the risk in prime agricultural areas.


Sunday, July 5, 2015

CENTENNIAL CAUSES DISASTROUS POLLUTION


EPA not ruling out legal action over Lithgow coal mine pollution

Centennial Coal could face legal action after admitting the collapse of a wall at its Clarence Colliery in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, resulted in the contamination of the Wollangambe River.

Lithgow pollution downstream

Read the full story here
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-03/coal-company-could-face-legal-action-over-lithgow-pollution/6594256
and more here
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/water-issues/coal-waste-cleanup-of-wollangambe-river-to-take-many-weeks-epa-says-20150703-gi4t2d.html

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Pope Francis calls for action on climate change

Last week, in the first papal document, or encyclical, dedicated to the environment, Pope Francis demanded swift action to halt impending environmental ruin, and urged world leaders to hear 'the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor' and halt the 'unprecedented destruction of ecosystems'.

Francis 
said the time had come for parts of the world to accept decreased growth. He advocated a change of lifestyle in rich countries steeped in a 'throwaway' consumer culture and an end to an 'obstructionist attitudes' that put profit before the common good.

He took on big business, appearing to back 'what consumer movements accomplish by boycotting certain products' in order to force companies to respect the environment.


Noting also the 'remarkable' weakness of political responses to climate change, Pope Francis accused sceptics of cynically ignoring or manipulating the scientific evidence:

There are too many special interests, and economic interests easily end up trumping the common good and manipulating information so that their own plans will not be affected.
We know how unsustainable is the behaviour of those who constantly consume and destroy, while others are not yet able to live in a way worthy of their human dignity.
On the subject of fossil fuels, he wrote:
There is an urgent need to develop policies so that, in the next few years, the emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases can be drastically reduced – for example, substituting for fossil fuels and developing sources of renewable energy. Worldwide there is minimal access to clean and renewable energy. There is still a need to develop adequate storage technologies.
We know that technology based on the use of highly-polluting fossil fuels – especially coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas – needs to be progressively replaced without delay. Until greater progress is made in developing widely accessible sources of renewable energy, it is legitimate to choose the lesser of two evils or to find short-term solutions. But the international community has still not reached adequate agreements about the responsibility for paying the costs of this energy transition.
On the subject of water, he wrote:
Underground water sources in many places are threatened by the pollution produced in certain mining, farming and industrial activities, especially in countries lacking adequate regulation or controls...
Even as the quality of available water is constantly diminishing, in some places there is a growing tendency, despite its scarcity, to privatize this resource, turning it into a commodity subject to the laws of the market. Yet access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise of other human rights.

Greater scarcity of water will lead to an increase in the cost of food and the various products which depend on its use. Some studies warn that an acute water shortage may occur within a few decades unless urgent action is taken. The environmental repercussions could affect billions of people; it is also conceivable that the control of water by large multinational businesses may become a major source of conflict in this century.


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Good news! The largest sovereign wealth fund in the world has just agreed to divest from coal

In what is set to be the largest divestment from fossil fuels ever made, the Norwegian parliament has issued a unanimous recommendation to divest its country’s sovereign wealth fund from the coal industry. This happened just hours after a coalition of groups delivered nearly 50 000 signatures and thousands Tweeted for Norway to divest.

As global climate group 350.org says: 
Norway's parliament agrees to divest its $900 billion oil fund from coal. This is the largest fund to make a divestment – ever. The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global is not only the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund; it is also one of the top ten investors in the global coal industry. This recommendation asks the government to exclude companies deriving more than 30% of their revenues or their power production from coal. With all parties endorsing the recommendation, it’s widely expected to be formally adopted by parliamentary vote on June 5.
350.org expects that Norway’s Pension Fund investments in companies like Germany’s RWE, China’s Shenhua, Duke Energy from the Unites States, Australia’s AGL Energy, Reliance Power from India, Japan’s Electric Power Development Corporation, Semirara Mining from the Philippines and Poland’s PGE will, for example, all be shed. Read more about it here

For some more background, Greenpeace Norway, German environmental organisation urgewald and Norwegian group Framtiden i vĂ¥re hender have also co-published a report on Norway's divestment: 'Still dirty, still dangerous'.

(The Guardian newspaper, however, has a more sobering take on the news, saying ‘World’s richest sovereign wealth fund increased its investments in coal despite high-profile pledge to dump fossil fuels, financial analysis shows’. You can read the full article: 'Norway's sovereign wealth fund accused of “pretend divestment”’ here.)

Centennial to drill four test sites in 2015

Centennial has received a budget to drill four sites in in the 'inglenook' exploration area in 2015.

These sites are still to be determined, which means Centennial will be approaching at least four landholders to sign an access agreement.

Should you be approached and want some clarification on your rights and the correct procedure, please contact the RSWUA committee at runningstream2850@gmail.com

Below are some notes from Centennial's presentation to the last CCC, in March 2015.

Company update:
• The coal industry is continuing to experience a significant downturn in the international coal market.
• Restructures in the Northern and Western region have been implemented and redeployment has been used to minimise retrenchments.
• Angus Place mine has moved to care and maintenance as from 28 March.

Project update:
• No exploration drilling since the last CCC meeting.
• Exploration License (EL) Renewal documentation submitted for EL7431, EL7432 and EL7442.
• Surface water and groundwater monitoring undertaken quarterly under existing agreements. Incidents: Nil.

Activities for 2015
• Limited Exploration drilling planned for 2015 (in fact, 4 sites have now been approved, as noted above).
• Exploration drilling budget for 2015 yet to be approved. If approved the CCC will be notified (this has been done: 4 sites).
• Ongoing access agreement negotiations for environmental monitoring and drilling activities.
• Continuation of surface water and groundwater monitoring.
• Ongoing flora surveys.