The report, Independent Review of the Coalpac Environmental Assessment, [report prepared for the Total Environment Centre], Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS, Sydney, Australia was lodged with the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure in June 2012 by the Total Environment Centre. It states:
"Coalpac has repeatedly painted false pictures for the community stating there is no alternative to energy supply should its project be rejected. The NSW Government has a 20% renewables target to reach by 2020 and it won’t get there by listening to statements from within the mining industry that claim the only alternative to coal is more coal!" says Justin McKee of the Blue Mountains Conservation Society.
"Mining companies have a habit of strutting into regional communities and talking up the benefits of their proposals to locals and not telling the entire story. Cullen Bullen residents have been exposed to a small number of direct communications from Coalpac Pty Ltd and to date, the entire picture has never been painted." The report outlines:
"Mining projects inject a short-term surges of unsustainable benefits for local communities. They also inject long-term problems for the health of workers and residents; severely impact the biodiversity of the local environment and places undue stress on the community and its infrastructure," says Mr. McKee. However a comprehensive assessment of costs and benefits is not made in the CEA, many costs are not valued, and the environmental and social impacts that are valued are significantly underestimated.
"Once these mining operations have ceased, so do the majority of the benefits. The damage left behind is long-term or permanent and struggling Council's are left to foot the infrastructure bill.
"Coalpac Pty Ltd has gone to extensive lengths to justify the Project need upon economic benefits but successfully disregards considerations for the negative impacts on people, the environment and the community," says Justin McKee for the Blue Mountains Conservation Society.
Here's the report