Greens to hit Hunter coal mines

 Two members of the Greens are hitting the Hunter Valley on a 'coal fact finding tour'.

NSW Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham and senator Lee Rhiannon are planning to you’re the Hunter region over two days to see how the affects of coal mining on towns and local land holders.

They are focusing the tour on Singleton, Camberwell, Bulga, and Jerrys Plains.

"This area is already ringed by coal mines and the drive to increase coal exports has ushered in a raft of new mining proposals," they stated.

Buckingham and Rhiannon will begin the tour tomorrow with an inspection of a local's property at Camberwell, then tour Integra and Aston coal mines and look at issues relating to longwall mining in the region, as well as viewing the mines' rehabilitation sites, after which they will head to Maison Dieu to discuss Rio Tinto's exploration licences.

On Friday the Greens members will visit Bulga and discuss the Mt Thorley Warkworth mine, and meet with locals at Jerrys Plains.

It will also look into the Carrington West mine proposal.


Image:  Hunter Valley – Visit NSW

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