New film: Australian lives changed forever by gas and coal mining

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Feature Story - 18 August, 2013
We already know that coal and gas mining endangers the natural environment. But what do you know about the impact of large-scale mining projects on Australian individuals and communities?

Lock the Gate’s upcoming documentaries tell personal stories of suffering and courage as local communities stand up against the mining industry.

As mining continues to expand rapidly, many Australians are fighting harder than ever to protect our climate, environment and farming communities. But these stories of courage and determination are rarely heard by mainstream audiences. You can help by organising a screening of Lock The Gate's two new documentaries to help inform your community about the harsh consequences of massive mining projects on the health and livelihoods of the frontline victims.

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Directed by two Northern Rivers filmmakers, Lock the Gate’s ground-breaking documentaries ‘Undermining Australia: Coal vs Communities’ and ‘Fractured Country: an Unconventional Invasion’ can be screened across Australia.

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Unconventional gas sources present considerable health and environment risks, including water and soil contamination and surface gas leaks. Scientists are worried that the chemicals used in fracking – a process used to extract natural gas – could cause cancer and harm to unborn babies.

The world's largest energy companies recently launched an advertising campaign worth millions to promote gas mining projects in Australia. Several large mining companies are also embroiled in legal battles with small communities and landholders. 

Join us in building pressure on politicians to protect our water supplies, arable land, and delicate natural ecosystems from the reckless expansion of mining in Australia.

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Greenpeace is campaigning to stop the rapid expansion of coal and gas mining. There are currently 40,000 coal seam gas wells in Queensland, with thousands more to be created in NSW and Victoria.

There are also new plans to start 91 coal mining projects in Queensland and New South Wales to facilitate massive coal exports. This is in addition to the 100 black coal mines already in operation, and will involve the erection of enormous coal ports in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. The development of proposed new terminals at Abbot Point could make it the largest coal export port in the world.