ENGIE’s current plan to rehabilitate the old Hazelwood mine pit prioritises cost-cutting over environmental and community protection.
The very worst part is they want to flood the mine without even removing the toxic coal ash – leaving behind a filthy pit lake that could contaminate groundwater and local rivers and impact Ramsar-listed wetlands in the Gippsland lakes downstream.
So we need to make sure ENGIE’s dodgy plans are fully scrutinised and that they are forced to investigate better options!
making a submission is a critical opportunity to share your concerns about ENGIE’s rehab plans, and force them to investigate other options with better outcomes for the community and our environment.
Environmental Justice Australia has put together an easy-to-follow submission guide outlining our concerns about Engie’s plans, and how you can have your say. Download it here >>
The impacts of bad rehabilitation could last generations, and this project will also set the standard for how other mines, including Loy Yang and Yallourn, will be rehabilitated. So It’s important we get this right!
Environmental Justice Australia has created a guide to help you make your submission. Download it here >>
The Victorian government is accepting submissions from the community until 10th May. You must make a submission through the Engage Victoria portal.
BONUS! For even more of a deep-dive, this 30 minute episode of the Coal Face podcast features our Policy and Advocacy Manager, Bronya Lipski, talking about the rehabilitation plan and the submission process.