Sydney, Thursday 12 June 2014: Today, winter clearing at Australia’s most controversial new coal mine – Maules Creek - was stopped after Whitehaven gave the Land and Environment Court an undertaking to stop the bulldozers until a full hearing of the court case in September.
The Maules Creek Community Council had been seeking an injunction in the Land and Environment Court.
Greenpeace is calling for the State Government to ensure that no further work is done of any kind on the site until the scheduled hearing in September.
Greenpeace Senior Climate Campaigner, Nic Clyde said:
“We welcome today’s announcement but Minister Goward must immediately stop all work at Maules Creek coal mine.
“Whitehaven Coal’s investors should also be heading for the exits as this dud investment suffers another critical blow.”
“This latest delay in construction is yet another warning to investors. Whitehaven Coal has consistently failed to meet its own construction schedule at their Maules Creek mine, which is why they found themselves in the Land and Environment Court. Happily though, this is great news for the threatened bat and bird species which now have a place to hibernate or nest over the winter.
Elsa Evers, Greenpeace Communications Officer – 0438 204 041
Nic Clyde, Greenpeace Senior Climate Campaigner – 0438 282 409