Open cut coal mining in Tasmania?

DEA has been alarmed to learn of a proposal to open an enormous open cut coal mine in Tasmania’s picturesque Derwent Valley, with a plan to produce 8 million tonnes of coal over the next 8 years for local and international use.

Tasmania has in the recent past been a leader in climate change action, with great advances in the amount of renewable energy infrastructure and a government with ambitious short and long term targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions.

However, the opening of an open cut coal mine in the state would not only tarnish our image as a clean and green island, but threaten to make any other attempts to act on climate change in Tasmania meaningless.

The proposal is still at an early stage, but DEA Tasmania anticipates being involved in any efforts to prevent this project from going ahead.


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