Whitehaven Coal blockaded

15 January 2014: A blockade is in place to prevent further destruction of Leard State Forest by Whitehaven Coal. 

Police are on site.

Whitehaven Coal recently began preparatory work to construct its Maules Creek Coal mine in Leard State Forest, near Maules Creek in north west NSW.

If this new open-cut coal mine proceeds it will destroy thousands of hectares of the Leard State Forest which is home 396 species of plants and animals and includes habitat for 34 threatened species and several endangered ecological communities.