I stand with the Leigh Creek and Copley community
No underground coal gasification
Leigh Creek and Copley sits in the world renowned Northern Flinders in South Australia on Adnyamathanha Country. Leigh Creek and Copley are special, unique and a place that many call home.
Leigh Creek Energy (LCK) have constructed a UCG (Underground Coal Gasification) demonstration plant near the towns of Leigh Creek and Copley.
In September 2018, the SA Energy and Mining Minister gave the project its final approval, and LCK has commenced its trial. After suspending the trial due to difficulties with ignition and receiving an extension, the trial has just ended and now the community are yet to hear if the company will apply to go into full production of this dangerous project.
The community have just declared themselves UCG free with over 90% saying no!
The Leigh Creek coalfield has suffered enough damage and now is the time to let the land heal. This UCG pilot process has distressed the elders, who are sad, angry and afraid about what Leigh Creek Energy are doing and propose to do further. They are feeling ignored and disrespected once again.
We call on the State Government to abandon any and all plans to approve Leigh Creek Energy pilot project for commercial production.
Underground coal gasification is an unproven and extremely risky technology with major threats to human and environmental health, any process of burning coal underground to create gas is risky.
NO gasification in Adnyamathanha Yarta. GAS OFF!