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12 Dec 2016

Drayton South: Gerry Harvey joins fight against coal mine | MILES GODFREY -The Daily Telegraph

12 Dec 2016

Thoroughbred breeders want certainty over long fought mine proposal | The Australian - KYLAR LOUSSIKIAN Journalist Sydney

5 Dec 2016

Labor puts the Hunter studs first - Daily Telegraph, Sydney | Ray Thomas

3 Dec 2016

NSW Labor's plan to save the Thoroughbred Industry - Luke Foley MP Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Western Sydney LABOR | Mick Gibb

5 Dec 2016

Foley, Albo give Baird the one-two at party hoedown - The Australian | Simon King

3 Dec 2016

Foley tells Baird to bury mining plans - Daily Telegraph, Sydney | Andrew Clennell

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Alan Jones talks to Henry Plumptre

August 21, 2014

Alan Jones talks to the managing director of the Darley Stud about a public hearing today on plans for the Drayton South coal mine in the Hunter Valle...


February 18, 2014

MT Arthur Coal has issued an apology to the Muswellbrook community following a blast at its mine on Wednesday, which resulted in fume travelling towar...

Coal mining’s long legacy of water pollution in West Virginia

January 12, 2014


Wilson Dizard @willdizard

As tap-water restrictions continue for 300,000 residents, activists say there's nothing new about chemical-laden water


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The disastr...

Flannery "unfazed" by potential 78-fold rise in Cascade stock

December 10, 2012


Sydney Morning Herald

BRIAN FLANNERY, whose net worth is estimated to be $600 million, was dismissive of the amazing windfall he was about to receive when - after only eigh...

Travers Duncan told Moses Obeid the family should pull out of licence ownership

December 10, 2012

MINING magnate Travers Duncan claimed he told the son of Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid that his family had a "bad reputation" and he wanted them out o...

'This is going to be a fortune': investors wanted Obeids out of coal deal, inquiry told

December 9, 2012


Sydney Morning Herald


"They've looked down our throats and up our arses and they haven't found anything," was Moses Obeid's angry reaction on being told that his family's...

Singleton calls for coal seam gas ban

November 26, 2012

The Singleton Council has proposed a ban on coal seam gas exploration and drilling inside its shire.


Its council came with each other for the establis...

ICAC to investigate threat to witness

November 21, 2012

A THREAT has been made against a witness set to give evidence at an explosive inquiry into allegations of corruption involving two former Labor minist...

ICAC told Macdonald 'obstacle' moved to junior post

November 21, 2012

A SENIOR bureaucrat who became an obstacle to disgraced former NSW resources minister Ian Macdonald's attempts to manipulate an allegedly corrupt coal...

Investors lost a fortune as $30m channelled to Obeid

November 21, 2012

STOCKBROKER Brent Potts and business partner Peter Gray contributed their own cash towards a $28 million investment in a coal company at the centre of...

Bureaucrat Alan Coutts 'removed' for querying Bylong Valley coal tenders

November 20, 2012

FORMER Labor minister Ian Macdonald removed a senior resources bureaucrat after he questioned plans to reopen coal exploration tenders in the Bylong V...

ICAC told of Obeid's $100m deal

November 12, 2012

Minister provided inside intelligence, Obeids spun lucrative mining web, ICAC told


THE family of the Labor power broker Eddie Obeid received $30 milli...

Obeids spun lucrative mining web, ICAC told

November 12, 2012

Seven businessmen stood to make $60 million each in a coal deal. This is the picture as alleged by the ICAC, write Linton Besser and Kate McClymont.



Minister provided the inside intelligence

November 12, 2012

THE Obeid family and their close associates used inside information provided by the then mining minister Ian Macdonald to buy rural properties which w...

Robertson moves to suspend Obeid from ALP

November 11, 2012

NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson has moved to immediately suspend former MP Eddie Obeid from the Labor Party, after revelations at a public inquir...

Mining 'scam' evokes Rum Corps, ICAC told

November 11, 2012

CORRUPTION on a scale not witnessed in NSW since the Rum Corps saw former resources minister Ian Macdonald confer "massive cascading profits" of $100...

Authorities under pressure to investigate the health impacts

October 28, 2012

Health authorities are coming under pressure to properly investigate the health impacts of mining on Australia's largest coal mining region, in the Ne...

Multi-baggers and old mates

October 26, 2012

The 'Labor Show Trials' starting next week will examine the deals of a close circle of business and government allies, write Kate McClymont and Linton...

Minister's best mate was in on coal deal

October 26, 2012

THE best friend of the disgraced former mining minister Ian Macdonald has been exposed as a secret shareholder in a company awarded a lucrative coal l...

The Last Stand

October 12, 2012

The stakes could not get any higher in the political game between coalminers, thoroughbred horse breeders and the NSW government, writes Joanne McCart...

SRLUP 'dodgy' says Windsor

October 19, 2012

CONFUSION reigns over how the NSW government’s strategic land use and aquifer interference policies will fit with the federal government’s tighter con...

Studs vow to fight as breeders take on king coal

September 19, 2012

THE Hunter’s billion-dollar thoroughbred breeding industry is facing its biggest threat in 200 years under the state government’s strategic regional l...

The farmer wants a life - Humphries risks cabinet solidarity

September 18, 2012


Sydney Morning Herald

THE Minister for Western NSW, Kevin Humphries, has encouraged a group of farmers to continue to "lock the gate" to prevent coal seam gas companies ent...

Coal turns into gold for those on the inside

August 14, 2012


Sydney Morning Herald

MINING is a notoriously risky business but for a couple of lucky novices, in every seam they found a silver lining.


Gardner Brook was a merchant banke...

Black loans, burnt boats and fast cars

August 8, 2012


Sydney Morning Herald

A SPECTACULAR boat explosion, pointed guns, BRW rich listers and secret shareholdings in the British Virgin Islands are just some of the intriguing el...

Mining interests shocked as licences inquiry unveiled

August 8, 2012

The circumstances in which the former Labor government awarded exploration licences for Mount Penny, Glendon Brook, Yarrawa and Doyles Creek will be s...

Ex-ministers face ICAC

August 7, 2012

ALLEGATIONS of corruption involving three former NSW Labor ministers will feature in potentially the most sensational public inquiry held by the Indep...

ICAC public inquiry into alleged corruption

August 7, 2012



The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will hold a public inquiry commencing Thursday 1 November as part of three investigations (Operat...

No coal mining for Margaret River

July 26, 2012


Portfolio: Mines and Petroleum


Mineral title applications targeting coal near Margaret River to be terminated/refused

EPA deems area to be unacceptabl...

State bans coal mining near Margaret River

July 26, 2012

The State Government has issued a blanket ban on coal mining in the Margaret River region, citing “unacceptable” environmental risks.


Mines Minister N...

The state's South-West is officially out-of-bounds for coal mining

July 26, 2012

Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore said today he wanted to send a “clear signal” to the coal industry that it was not welcome in the region.



Operation Jarilo investigation report on hold pending further investigation

May 23, 2012

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will delay completing and publishing its investigation report concerning corruption allegations t...

Obeid family looked at land on coal lease

May 22, 2012

Members of the Obeid family, including the former Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid, expressed interest in buying a Denman farm nearly three years before...

Obeid family and friends reap millions from lucrative coal licences

May 22, 2012


Sydney Morning Herald

A friend and financial adviser to Eddie Obeid and his family, who had no mining background and a $1 company, won a coal exploration licence worth mill...

Scone Cup day a winner

May 19, 2012


A record crowd of more than 10,000 basked in a picture perfect day and tossed economic gloom to gentle autumn breezes.


Scone Race Club chairman Noel L...

Racing and wine bodies reject mine research

May 7, 2012

THE Hunter wine and racing industries have hit back at research that suggests NSW would lose $1 billion a year in royalties and 8000 jobs if agricultu...

Withstanding the test of time

March 26, 2012

THE Santos Community Committee – Upper Hunter, focused on the topic of what happens when a gas well has finished use at last night’s meeting.


Santos r...

Call for CSG moratorium after NSW spill

February 8, 2012

ENVIRONMENTALISTS are calling for a moratorium on coal seam gas mining in the NSW, after toxic chemicals were detected in the Pilliga state forest six...

Toxic chemicals found in Pilliga NSW soil

February 7, 2012

THE New South Wales Government should suspend all coal seam gas (CSG) exploration licences following reports toxic chemicals were detected in Pilliga...

Hunter Valley Coal Conundrum

January 6, 2010

The Hunter Valley is home to 93 stallions, including the three most expensive: Encosta de Lago, Redoute’s Choice and More than Ready. The land in the...

Hunter Valley mine is no horseplay as business and racing leaders protest its development

April 9, 2014


Daily Telegraph

A CLUSTER of the nation’s most powerful racing and business leaders have joined forces in a bid to stop an American mining giant from developing a new...

Racing identities plan NSW coal protest

April 9, 2014


Australian Financial Review

They are usually rivals at the track, but leading horse-racing identities including Gai Waterhouse and Bart Cummings and Melbourne Cup-winning jockey...

Mine blast gone wrong spews toxic cloud

February 20, 2014


Sydney Morning Herald

A toxic fume from a blast at the Mount Arthur mine in the Upper Hunter turned the sky bright orange and prompted demands for a much stronger response...

Hunter misses out on horse stud development because of coal

April 16, 2014


By Tim Lamacraft

The Hunter Valley has missed out on a potential multi-million dollar horse stud development, due to the region's expanding coal mining industry.



"HTBA not only Breeders of Champions but Champion of Breeders" Kate Washington BA LLB, MP Member for Port Stephens

June 3, 2016


Ms KATE WASHINGTON BA LLB, MP Member for Port Stephens


(Port Stephens)...

Hunter coal mines will leave a huge legacy that could drain the public purse, a report warns | Newcastle Herald - JOANNE MCCARTHYJune 8, 2016

'Vandalism of beautiful land': Hunter mining controversy | Alan Jones with 7 news chopper footage

May 17, 2016

This is what 2GB’s Alan Jones saw from the 7 News Chopper as it flew over kilometres of Hunter Valley coal mines.





NSW Planning stuck in the 1970s | Singleton Argus (Louise Nichols)

Way back in the 1970s when the mullet hairdo was just becoming fashionable and Neville Wran was the Premier of NSW, turning quiet rural communities in...

Stud backing boost for Scone Trials

March 19, 2014


Bronwyn Farr, Scone

Horse Trials continues to go from strength to strength –that’s the consensus of some 500 competitors, as well as volunteers and spectators at the one...

ABC 4Corners 'The End of Coal' click to view

June 15, 2015

#TheProjectTV next week the story of Wendy's battle with a mining company to keep her land

November 10, 2015

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