It’s time to draw a line in the sand. We need a moratorium on new coal projects, and on the expansion of existing coal projects for Victoria. And we need a plan to clean up the state’s electricity supply by shifting towards clean, renewable energy.
The first step is to know what’s on the drawing board. That’s where CoalWatch comes in.
CoalWatch is an interactive resource that tracks the coal industry’s expansion plans and helps builds a movement to stop these polluting developments. CoalWatch provides a way for everyday Victorians to keep track of the coal industry’s ambitious expansion plans. To check what tax-payer money has been pledged to brown coal projects and the coal projects industry is spruiking to our politicians.
Fly around our state to view our coal committments
This map is designed to give you the best picture of existing power stations and proposed developments, coal mines, mining licences and leases, exploration licences as well as carbon capture and storage areas in our very own backyard. Simply navigate yourself around the map below, zooming in and around our state.
Or if you want to dig even deeper, download Google Earth (it's free). And then download the CoalWatch Google Earth file and select 'Open' when the pop up box appears. Or alternatively, you can save it to your computer for a rainy day. Easy huh!
If you have any trouble with this give us a shout and we'll help you out. But before you do, try opening this page in a different browser (eg. Internet Explorer or Mozilla) and check your browser preferences and make sure Google Earth is enabled.
Red areas: Exploration licences (EL). These areas are held by companies to undertake exploration activity. A small bond is held by government in case of any damage. If a company wants to progress the project it needs to obtain a mining licence. Exploration Licence applications are marked with an asterix in the Places Index eg. EL4684*.
Yellow areas: Mining Licences (MIN). A mining licence is granted with the expectation that mining will occur. A larger bond is paid to government.
Green areas: Exploration licences that have been withdrawn or altered due to community concern.
Green outline: Existing mines within Mining Licences.
Purple areas: Geological Carbon Storage Exploration areas for carbon capture and storage. On-shore areas have been released by the State Government, while off-shore areas have been released by the Federal Government.
For your info, the CoalWatch Google Earth map has been compiled using data from DPI’s GEOVIC GIS system available here and is current as at Friday, 17 August 2012.
Coal projects on the agenda
The Coal Watch wiki tracks current and future Victorian coal projects, whether they are power stations, coal mines, proposals to export coal or some other inventive way of burning more coal. To get the full picture of coal in Victoria visit our wiki page
Get more info and see the full list of Exploration Licences current at 17 August 2012 here
Type of project
Name of project
|Existing Power Stations||Hazelwood Power Station||Operating, considering closure|
|Energy Brix Power Station||CoalWatch wiki||Operating|
|Loy Yang A Power Station||CoalWatch wiki||Operating|
|Loy Yang B Power Station||CoalWatch wiki||Operating|
|Yallourn W Power Station||CoalWatch wiki||Operating, considering closure|
|Anglesea Power Station||CoalWatch wiki||Operating|
|Proposed coal-fired Power Stations||HRL Dual Gas Power Station||Federal government funding withdrawn|
|Existing brown coal mines||Hazelwood mine||CoalWatch wiki||Operating, considering closure|
|Loy Yang mine||CoalWatch wiki||Operating|
|Yallourn mine 1 and 2||CoalWatch wiki
|Anglesea mine||CoalWatch wiki||Operating|
|Mining licences and leases||Vemco Environmental Pty Ltd|
|Yallourn Energy Pty Ltd|
|Yallourn Energy Pty Ltd|
|Yallourn Energy Pty Ltd|
|Hazelwood Power Corporation Pty Ltd|
|LYP Partner 3 Ltd|
|Carbon Capture and Storage proposals||Latrobe Valley Post-combustion||CoalWatch wiki||Trial underway|
|CO2C CRC Otway project||CoalWatch wiki||Trial underway|
|JCOAL CCS Otway project||CoalWatch wiki||At research phase, unclear if still progressing|
|KEPCO CCS project||CoalWatch wiki||At research phase, unclear if still progressing|
|Monash Energy||CoalWatch wiki|
|Loy Yang A Bio Carbon Capture and Storage Project||CoalWatch wiki|
|Coal-drying proposals||Exergen||CoalWatch wiki|
|Australian Lignite Export Project||CoalWatch wiki|
|Latrobe Fertiliser Project||CoalWatch wiki|
|Coal/gas to fuel project proposals||Monash Energy||CoalWatch wiki|
|Loy Yang A Bio Carbon Capture and Storage project||CoalWatch wiki|
|Regal Resources and Greenpower Energy Ltd|
|Yallourn coal-to-oil||CoalWatch wiki|
|Infrastructure proposals||Port Anthony||CoalWatch wiki|
|Port of Hastings expansion||CoalWatch wiki|
|Exploration Licences||Ignite Energy||CoalWatch wiki|
|There are 64 other exploration licences in Victoria. View the CoalWatch Google Earth map for more information|
Keen to blow the whistle?
Got the inside scoop on a polluting coal project? If you’re aware of a coal project that’s not listed on CoalWatch, or have more information to add to an existing listing, then let us know! Pretty please! We’re happy to receive anonymous tip-offs and we promise to protect your anonymity.
Together we can make sure CoalWatch is keeping tabs on all proposed coal projects in our state, and work to keep coal in the ground where it belongs.
Just send your hot tips to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a-hoy on (03) 9341 8100.
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