BREAKING: Coal trains halted as part of coordinated action against NSW mining industry

Mining activists said they have stopped coal trains from reaching the Port of Newcastle with a man chained to the rail line.

The 27-year-old-man has reportedly shut down the track leading to Kooragang Island.

The news comes as over 150 activists take part in a coordinated protest against the NSW coal industry today.

The action has seen production at Whitehaven Coal’s four coal mines affected by people who have locked themselves to access gates and various pieces of machinery.

Four people have locked themselves to access points at Maules Creek mine while a person is chained to a tripod structure at Tarrawonga and three more people are chained across the road.

Two people are chained to a gate at Rocglen mine, while at Werris Creek two people have scaled the coal loader and are hanging with ropes and harnesses next to a large banner which reads: Coal: Done and Dusted.

The group behind the protests claim the controversial Maules Creek mine project ‘should never have been approved’ and are calling on the state government to halt construction at the site.

Over 230 people have been arrested since protests begun in the Leard State Forest, and at surrounding mines in the Boggabri area, in January.

Activists claim the construction of Maules Creek, and the expansion of other coal mines, will destroy the forest and impact on water and air quality in the area.

Maules Creek is due to mine its first coal next March.

The Port of Newcastle is one of the world’s largest coal export terminals.

The company which operates the coal handling facilities at the port, Port Waratah Coal Services, has been approached for comment.

In May a woman dressed as a gecko blocked 12 coal trains from entering the Kooragang Island terminals.

Greens Senator for NSW, Lee Rhiannion has taken to Twitter to congratulate those taking part in protests today.

Images: frontlineaction.org

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