Documents Blue Wedges obtained under Freedom of Information last year revealed that the former Brumby government’s plans for Hastings included coal exports in the business case. Given the Napthine government’s project costs and projected trade volumes released so far for an expanded Hastings are almost identical to the Brumby plan, it’s pretty likely that coal is still on the agenda.
An Exergen (power company claiming to have clean coal credentials) 2011 document obtained by Environment Victoria under FoI also builds a case for coal to be transported as slurry in a pipeline from the LaTrobe Valley to the Port of Hastings, and then treated/de-watered on site at the Port of Hastings, for export through there. (Brown coal cannot be exported in its natural state due to its high moisture content and risks of spontaneous combustion).
Exergen states that the upgraded coal would be exported to lndia, Japan, Korea and other locations in North Asia.
"What a hideous vision for Hastings – and what an appalling contribution to our planet’s Greenhouse gas emissions." (Jenny Warfe, leader of Blue Wedges campaign against Port Phillip dredging)
The Westernport and Peninsula Protection Council (WPPC) is having a rally on November 9th 2pm-3.30pm Hastings Foreshore. WPPC have organized it with Environment Victoria and Quit Coal. People from Corner Inlet and 90 Mile Beach who are opposing their own coal port proposals will be travelling to the rally. Farmers who face having their excellent farms turned into a coal mine will also be present. There will be talks from VNPA and Blue Wedges too.
Start inviting your friends.