Plans to double Collie coal show lack of long-term thinking: Greens

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Moves to more than double the number of coal-fired power stations in Collie within the next four years reveal the utter lack of leadership by the old parties on climate change, the Australian Greens say.

“Within Collie, we’ve got four existing coal-fired power stations including Muja C and D, Collie A and the privately-owned Bluewaters 1. By the end the year, Bluewaters 2 will be running and there are plans to re-open Muja A and B and build Bluewaters 3 and 4 by 2013,” Senator Siewert said.

“In addition, the Government seems keen to progress the Perdaman urea plant in Collie, which will need 12 gigalitres of water each year for processing and will emit millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases each year.

“Even the Collie community, which has supported the coal-mining industry for decades, knows this is unsustainable.

“Local river swimming and fishing pools have already dried out due to mine dewatering and demand by the power industry for water. People’s backyard bores are sucking up dirt.

“If we just looked at the impacts on rivers and the water table alone we would say this is a bad idea – but the existing and the proposed power plants in Collie are among our biggest emitters of greenhouse gases.

"It's time Federal and State governments started developing transition strategies for regional communities such as Collie, instead of locking them into dead-end industries such as coal," Senator Siewert said.

"We need Government to start thinking about the long-term to secure the future health, viability and amenity of our towns."

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