Tripod protest stops Whitehaven Coal trucking coal for export

A protester attached to a tripod structure shut down the main haul road of Whitehaven’s Tarrawonga coal mine for twelve hours on Thursday 6 February.

The haul road is used to truck coal from the mine to the train line at Gunnedah, where it is then transported to Newcastle for export.

Whitehaven Coal’s Tarrawonga open-cut coal mine sits on the edge of Leard State Forest in north west NSW.

Whitehaven Coal is the subject of ongoing protest from the local community, Gomeroi Traditional Owners, and environmentalists, for its plans to clear thousands of hectares of Leard State Forest to expand coal mining operations.