Protests block Whitehaven’s Tarrawonga mine

Jonathan Moylan, the protester behind the Whitehaven press release hoax earlier this year claims activists have stopped the transport of coal from the company’s Tarrawonga mine.

Moylan, a spokesman for Front Line Action on Coal said a protester in a tree platform at the mine’s front gate had stopped coal haulage at the site.

A Whitehaven spokeswoman told the Newcastle Herald that while the transport of coal to the company’s coal preparation plant had been hampered, production had not.

On the activists’ website Moylan said the protest had stopped ‘‘worker access’’ to the mine but the Whitehaven spokeswoman countered this claim stating employees had another entrance to use.

Moylan said about twenty other people had also yesterday gathered at the main gate in support.

She said police were called.

According to the ABC the Police Rescue Unit was sent to Boggabri to remove the protestor who had attached herself to a platform in a tree just after 4am yesterday.

This is the latest in a number of protests conducted in and around the Leard State Forest.

Last month the Federal Government conditionally approved the company’s Maules Creek coal mine and the expansion of the adjacent Boggabri operation.

Currently Moylan is embroiled in legal action from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission after he released a fake press release purporting ANZ Bank had withdrawn funding from Whitehaven over the Maules Creek mine.

The press release temporarily wiped $314 million off the company’s market value in just 20 minutes.

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