Victoria’s brown coal sector is in a state of crisis.
The Latrobe Valley Express newspaper revealed that the river diversion at the Yallourn coal mine has once again failed, spilling millions of litres of fresh river water into the open pit.
“River water is cascading into Yallourn open cut once again,” writes The Latrobe Valley Express, “pushing a coal supply conveyor to the brink of inoperability.”
“Hundreds of millions of litres of water have been flooding into Yallourn’s East Field mine every day since late last week, after ongoing localised rainfall pushed the mine’s water management plan to its limits.”
“As of Friday, the East Field mine contained a gigalitre of water, and was taking on 300 megalitres every day, an intake rate which was expected to increase over the weekend.”
Coal is an unsustainable energy source.
Wind farms can end Victoria’s reliance polluting and unsustainable fossil fuels, yet anti-wind farm laws introduced by Ted Baillieu and endorsed by Premier Napthine stand in the way.
Since 2011, Friends of the Earth’s Yes 2 Renewables has been campaigning to highlight the Victorian government’s laws that ban wind farms in large swaths of the state. They have cost Victoria jobs, investment, and crucial renewable energy capacity.
Yes 2 Renewables is fighting for wind energy on many fronts. From helping local groups fight back against anti-wind energy fear campaigning to holding politicians to account for policies that hold Victoria back. But there’s so much more to be done.
We need your support to keep gathering momentum and ensure Victoria moves towards a clean, renewable energy powered future. Only then can we switch off coal-fired power plants.
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