Moolarben Open Cut 3 Amended Impacts
Yancoal has released a response to submission report and has lodged project amendments. While the size of the proposed open cut extension is reduced, there will still be impacts on bushland, threatened species, water and landscape.
There is no justification to expand the Yancoal Moolarben Mine further into the beautiful Moolarben Valley and closer to the Munghorn Gap Nature Reserve. See the media release from MDEG and MCA here.

Mudgee Coal Alert

An initiative of Mudgee District Environment Group with the support of Lock The Gate.

Mudgee Coal Alert is a community action group in the Upper Hunter opposing new coal expansions in the Mudgee region.
Three large coal mines operate North of Mudgee on Wiradjuri land. Their approvals allow them to produce a combined volume of up to 58 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) until 2038.
Climate science and the International Energy Agency have declared that to ensure a safe climate future no more new coal can be mined.


All three mines are currently planning to expand!

If these expansion plans are approved it will make a mockery of NSW Government Climate Change target of 50 per cent emissions reduction on 2005 levels by 2030.
The target of net zero emissions by 2050 will be impossible.

Any expansion of fossil fuels is dangerous and irresponsible.
Don’t turbo charge climate change!
It is time to put a stop to the further expansion of coal in the Mudgee Region.

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The three Mudgee Region coal mines were the largest producers of coal in NSW for 2023.

Yancoal's Moolarben Mine topped the list producing 14.2 million tonnes of coal. Closely followed by the Glencore's Ulan Mine with 11,3 million tonnes and Peabody's Wilpinjong Mine with 11.2 million tonnes.

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Did You Know?

They Don't Pay Tax

The three multinational coal companies operating in the Mudgee Region: Glencore, Yancoal and Peabody Energy pay minimal to NIL tax in Australia while making significant profits that are sent offshore.

They Threaten Tourism

Mudgee is NSW top tourist destination. These mines are adjacent to the Goulburn River, the National Park and Munghorn Gap Nature Reserve (an Important Bird Area). They threaten the leading natural tourism attraction – The Drip Gorge.

They Threaten Our Water

Current coal operations have approval to draw a staggering 24,000 million litres of groundwater from the landscape every year – that’s more than 9,000 Olympic swimming pools!

They're Expanding

The coal mine operations mining leases (MLs) cover a combined area of approximately 300 km2 equivalent to the distance between Chatswood and Penrith. Additional 165km2are held under exploration licences (ELs).