Walk-on stops work at NCIG

10 May
Thirty people occupying a construction site to halt coal export expansion

Thirty people occupying a construction site to halt coal export expansion

People Against Coal Expansion (PACE) has delayed the expansion of the NCIG coal export terminal on Kooragang Island. The group occupied the construction site just after 10am today.

Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group is attempting to ramp up coal exports, Australia’s biggest contribution to climate change, by 25 million tonnes at the third coal terminal, which would represent almost half of NSW’s domestic greenhouse pollution from all sources.

PACE spokesperson Catrina Sturmberg said the government’s support for coal expansion was not only ripping up the Hunter Valley, but committing Australia to continual global emissions increases.

“While politicians are talking emissions reductions, we are walking in to demand real action on climate change,” Ms. Sturmberg said.

“State and federal politicians talk about climate change, but neglect to mention how many new coal projects have been approved.”

“We are calling on Australia’s governments to show real commitment to curbing global emissions by phasing out coal exports.”

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5 Responses to “Walk-on stops work at NCIG”

  1. Su Morley May 10, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    well done! thanks guys

  2. Elizabeth May 10, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    Good on all of you. We need more people like you to stand up for future generations and the planet! Time is running out. Hence speed (PACE) is of the essence.

  3. Scout May 10, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    Inspiring to know other people are taking action against the coal industry! another way is possible! in solidarity

  4. Sceptic May 11, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    Did u drive your cars there and back. Real action of climate change there guys!!!

    • peopleagainstcoalexpansion May 12, 2011 at 12:28 am #

      Yes, we did. It’s not often that I read a comment from somebody who is so concerned about greenhouse emissions that they prefer the construction of a 25 million tonne per annum coal loader to go uninterrupted rather than risk the emissions from a short car trip.

      But you’re right, none of us can claim a moral high ground. We just believe that a less polluted world is possible, so long as keyboards are not our only tools of dissent.

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