GAB – too precious to leave to chance

AgForce invites you to contribute to a fighting fund set up to strengthen our defence against Glencore’s proposal to pump dirty emissions into the Great Artesian Basin.

By way of background, AgForce has squared up against mining giant Glencore by underwriting and leading legal action to stop industrial waste being pumped directly into the Great Artesian basin. We seek to resolve this out of court but are prepared to go to the Federal Court if necessary. We will leave no stone unturned in this campaign.

In short, we are seeking to have the federal decision of 9 February 2022 under the EPBC Act revoked. We have strong and detailed legal advice showing we have a valid argument and good prospects of success. The Federal Minister has the authority to revoke the 2022 decision and we have provided the detailed reasoning that we believe allows her to make that revocation. We are concurrently preparing filings in case we need to take it to court.

Donations received will offset some of our underwriting risk.

That the idea was even conceived beggars’ belief, but that it is most of the way through the approvals process with no guarantee it won’t be approved is staggering and simply unacceptable.

Communities are angry, frustrated and deeply concerned.

Imagine if Glencore proposed pumping industrial waste into for example Sydney Harbour or the Great Barrier Reef. Yet, here we are very close to Glencore having all the approvals it needs to do exactly that to the Great Artesian Basin.

And let there be no doubt, this proposed ‘pilot’ by Glencore is not reversible. If it proves what already seems abundantly obvious to AgForce, the process cannot be reversed. We will have dirty emissions from a coal fired power station circulating forever in our Great Artesian Basin.

We’ll keep you informed of where we are at every week through ACTION.

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