Monthly Archives: June 2011

Hands Across the Sands Actions in the top of the south (photos and article)

Motueka hands across the sands

Around 130 people joined hands on Saturday June 25 on the beach at Motueka Quay insupport of phasing out fossil fuels. The symbolic action of joining hands, and literally drawing a line in the sand, occurred simultaneously in Nelson, Motueka and Golden Bay. There were over 100 people on Pohara beach in Golden Bay and over 140 people at Tahunanui beach in Nelson. This series of regionally organised actions were the first in a series of seven across New Zealand and hundreds of international events globally. ‘Hands Across The Sand’ is an international movement of people calling for Governments and industry to abandon their fossil fuel agendas.

Pohara beach. Golden Bay

On his recent tour of New Zealand, Dr James Hansen, top NASA climate scientist stated “coal emissions must be phased out as rapidly as possible or global climate disasters will be a dead certainty. ‘Clean coal’ technology does not exist and carbon capture is not economically feasible. Developed countries will need to complete their coal phase-out by about 2020, if global phase-out of coal is to be achieved by 2030. If coal emissions are phased out this rapidly— a tall order, but a feasible one— the climate problem is solvable.”Dr Hansen has warned, “Coal is the single greatest threat to civilization and all life on our planet.”

Nelson

Coal Action Network Aotearoa spokesperson for top of the south, Helen Tulett, spoke at the Motueka ‘Hands Across The Sand’ event, ”the turnout today is very inspiring, 70 people came to hear Jeanette Fitzsimons speak on Southland Lignite developments at a meeting on Monday, and to have double that participating today in the international call for a renewable energy future, sends a strong message to Government and industry that New Zealand must leave the coal in the hole”.

Banner in Nelson

Hands Across the Sand http://www.handsacrossthesand.com/

Dr James Hansen quote from: http://www.stormsofmygrandchildren.com/climate_catastrophe_solutions.html

Motueka banner

Pohara beach

CANA on facebook!

Coal Action Network Aotearoa has set up a facebook page. Go to
http://www.facebook.com/#!/home.php?sk=group_218300434877031

Another relevant facebook page called Leave the Lignite, Save the Soil has also been set up:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Leave-the-Lignite-Save-the-Soil/129179047159254

So if you’re on facebook, please join these pages.

Fresh FM Transition Town interviews on coal

Head to http://www.freshfm.net and search for “Jeanette Fitzsimons” for Dr Joanna Santa Barbara’s interview with Jeanette this week on coal.
Search for “Coal Action” for Dr Joanna Santa Barbara’s interview with CAN Aotearoa spokesperson Frances Mountier earlier this year.

CAN Aotearoa Supports Day of Action Against Fossil Fuel Extraction

Press Release: Coal Action Network Aotearoa

24/7/11
FOR IMMEDIATE USE

Coal Action Network Aotearoa has today come out in support of the Top of the South ‘hands across the sand’ regional actions, occurring simultaneously on June 25th at 12noon on Tahunanui, Motueka and Pohara beaches. These events will kick off an international day of action against fossil fuel extraction.

People in Nelson, Motueka and Golden Bay are taking this opportunity to join hands and draw a line in the sand to say no to expanded fossil fuel extraction in NZ and urge the Government to abandon their fossil fuel agenda”said Frances Mountier, spokesperson for Coal Action Network Aotearoa.

We call for New Zealand to leave the coal in the hole. Coal Action Network Aotearoa stands in solidarity with the people in Nelson, Motueka, Golden Bay and people from countries around the world who are using their voices to call for a clean energy future – such as Australia, UK, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Norway and South Africa. There are 180 events confirmed in the US alone”.

For more on hands across the sand see: www.handsacrossthesand.org

On a local, national and global level, joining hands sends a powerful visual message to Governments and corporations that New Zealand must leave the coal in the hole. We are unified in our concerns against fossil fuel extraction, and are calling for an economy based on clean renewable energy”.

“Coal Action Network Aotearoa supports the call from the top of the south to phase out fossil fuels. We don’t want to contribute to catastrophic climate change by supporting further fossil fuel extraction. Instead there needs to be more discussion around the economic opportunities Aotearoa New Zealand will miss out on. We need to priortise the development of home-grown clean technologies.”

Coal Action Network is aware of the applications made by the overseas shadow company Greywolf in the Tasman Bay region and understands this company is a front for the massive Chinese company Qinghua.

“There have been multiple public meetings held in the Nelson, Tasman Bay region in the past few weeks which have seen people expressing their outrage at the current government’s interest in continuing fossil fuel extraction over an economy based on clean, renewable energy” said Ms Mountier.

Note: Greywolf’s applications for exploration in the Tasman Bay region were withdrawn as a result of local opposition by groups including Manawhenua Ki Mohua, who called a meeting at Onetahua marae. Greywolf are now facing investigations of deception through the Serious Fraud Office.

ENDS

Contact spokesperson

Frances Mountier

Coal Action Network Aotearoa

021 175 7484

Coal Action Network Aotearoa Supports Day of Action Against Fossil Fuel Extraction

Press Release: Coal Action Network Aotearoa

24/7/11

FOR IMMEDIATE USE

Coal Action Network Aotearoa has today come out in support of the, Top of the South ‘hands across the sand’ regional actions, occurring simultaneously on June 25th at 12noon on Tahunanui, Motueka and Pohara beaches. These events will kick off an international day of action against fossil fuel extraction.

People in Nelson, Motueka and Golden Bay are taking this opportunity to join hands and draw a line in the sand to say no to expanded fossil fuel extraction in NZ and urge the Government to abandon their fossil fuel agenda” said Frances Mountier, spokesperson for Coal Action Network Aotearoa.

We call for New Zealand to leave the coal in the hole. Coal Action Network Aotearoa stands in solidarity with the people in Nelson, Motueka, Golden Bay and people from countries around the world who are using their voices to call for a clean energy future – such as Australia, UK, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Norway and South Africa. There are 180 events confirmed in the US alone”.

For more on hands across the sand see; www.handsacrossthesand.org

On a local, national and global level, joining hands sends a powerful visual message to Governments and corporations that New Zealand must leave the coal in the hole. We are unified in our concerns against fossil fuel extraction, and are calling for an economy based on clean renewable energy”.

“Coal Action Network Aotearoa supports the call from the top of the south to phase out fossil fuels. We don’t want to contribute to catastrophic climate change by supporting further fossil fuel extraction. Instead there needs to be more discussion around the economic opportunities Aotearoa New Zealand will miss out on. We need to priortise the development of home-grown clean technologies.”

Coal Action Network is aware of the applications made by the overseas shadow company Greywolf in the Tasman Bay region and understands this company is a front for the massive Chinese company Qinghua.

“There have been multiple public meetings held in the Nelson, Tasman Bay region in the past few weeks which have seen people expressing their outrage at the current government’s interest in continuing fossil fuel extraction over an economy based on clean, renewable energy” said Ms Mountier.

Note: Greywolf’s applications for exploration in the Tasman Bay region were withdrawn as a result of local opposition by groups including Manawhenua Ki Mohua, who called a meeting at Onetahua marae. Greywolf are now facing investigations of deception through the Serious Fraud Office.

ENDS

Contact spokesperson

Frances Mountier

Coal Action Network Aotearoa

021 175 7484

Photos of lignite mines

 

We’ve just put a bunch of photos of lignite mines overseas up on our Resources page: https://coalactionnetworkaotearoa.wordpress.com/downloads/

 

There are lots of other resources available on that page too, so have a look.

Coen brothers on clean coal

Check out this article from The Guardian – it has links to some great spoof commercials on youtube about clean coal from the Coen Brothers (just in case you don’t know, they’re US film directors known for their quirky films).

James Hansen’s testimony against the Denniston mine

James Hansens’s evidence against the proposed opencast coal mine near Denniston, West Coast, New Zealand, which would destroy 200ha of public conservation land.  Hansen provides an international view on global climate change and the importance of phasing out coal in order to avoid the extreme negative social, economic and environmental effects.

For more information on the campaign against Bathurst’s proposed Denniston mine, see: https://coalactionnetworkaotearoa.wordpress.com/2011/06/15/help-stop-the-escarpment-mine-denniston-plateau/ 

 

Breakfast TV story on Denniston mine proposal

Frances Mountier, Coal Action Network Aotearoa spokesperson, appeared on TVNZ’s Breakfast show this morning.

Video: http://tvnz.co.nz/business-news/debate-rages-over-buller-mine-plan-4251542/video

Story: http://tvnz.co.nz/business-news/debate-rages-over-buller-mine-plan-4251542

Coal Action Network Aotearoa is opposed to any new or expanded coal mine and so we are opposing Bathurst’s proposed Denniston mine.  If it went ahead, it would increase NZ’s coal exports by 62%.

And it would be a 200 hectare opencast mine on conservation land.  We all need to let Bathurst – and the Government – know that we do not want to see mining on our precious lands, especially for climate polluting coal.

No open cast coal mining on conservation land, says Coal Action Network Aotearoa

No open cast coal mining on conservation land, says Coal Action Network Aotearoa
Press release: Coal Action Network Aotearoa
Monday 20th June
FOR IMMEDIATE USE

A new coal mine on the Denniston plateau would be a climate as well as ecological disaster, says Coal Action Network Aotearoa spokesperson Frances Mountier.

Bathurst Resources, a new Australian company backed with Chinese money, wants to open-cast mine large areas of conservation land near Denniston on the West Coast of the South Island (1)
“Climate change is the greatest threat facing our planet today – we should not be opening new coal mines. To suggest the permanent destruction of ecologically sensitive conservation land for coal in order to profit an international coal mining company is simply absurd,” says Ms Mountier.
“A resource consent hearing is currently underway in Westport for the Escarpment Mine, but the Minister of Conservation will also have to give approval, since the mine lies entirely on conservation land. We urge the Minister to not give that approval, given the significant ecological effects open casting 200 hectares of a biodiversity priority site would have.

“We have to leave the coal in the hole in order to avoid catastrophic climate change. During his recent tour of New Zealand, pre-eminent climate scientist Dr James Hansen criticised the National Government for their plans to expand coal mining in this country. We need to heed his warning, and save the Denniston Plateau,” said Ms Mountier.

**ENDS**
CONTACT
Frances Mountier
Coal Action Network Aotearoa spokesperson
021 175 7484

NOTES
(1) The company hopes to mine up to 1.5 million tonnes of coal per year from the proposed Escarpment Mine, a 28% increase in New Zealand’s current coal production levels, and a 62% increase in exports. In 2013, the company plans to open the next in a series of Buller Coal plateau mines, increasing production to two million tonnes per year, almost as much as New Zealand’s largest mine, Stockton open-cast coal mine. See the Latest Energy Quarterly from MED for data on the increase in coal production / exports: http://www.med.govt.nz/templates/MultipageDocumentTOC____45786.aspx

Help stop the Escarpment Mine – Denniston Plateau

A new coal mine proposed for the West Coast would destroy 200 hectares of a nationally significant ecosystem and increase New Zealand’s coal exports by up to 62%. The mine, located entirely on public conservation land, would be run by Buller Coal Limited (owned by Bathurst Resources Ltd Australia), which has already applied for resource consents from Buller District Council and the West Coast Regional Council1, and an access arrangement and concession from the Department of Conservation.

Read Jeanette Fitzsimon’s submission against the mine.

Read the backgrounder from local group, West Coast Environment Network here

The resource consent hearing for Buller Coal’s proposed mine began in Westport last week.  West Coast Environment Network, Jeanette Fitzsimons, and Forest and Bird will all be giving oral submissions opposing the mine.  CAN Aotearoa put in a written submission against the mine.

Buller Coal’s mine would lead to a significant increase in New Zealand’s coal exports.  Now is the time when we need to be phasing out coal mining – initially by opposing new and expanded coal mines.  So, please join CAN Aotearoa and West Coast Environment Network and others concerned about this mine and show your opposition.  Contact West Coast Environment Network on wcent@riseup.net to get involved and to receive further updates.

A new coal mine proposed for the West Coast would destroy 200 hectares of a nationally significant
ecosystem and increase New Zealand’s coal exports by up to 62%6. The mine, located entirely on public
conservation land, would be run by Buller Coal Limited (owned by Bathurst Resources Ltd Australia), which
has already applied for resource consents from Buller District Council and the West Coast Regional
Council1, and an access arrangement and concession from the Department of Conservation.