Greens position is clear -- no new coal, not in New England, not anywhere.
The Nationals, Labor and independent candidates are all prepared to open new coal mines under various 'protections' and conditions they stipulate, but as this article shows, no condition is stringent enough to protect groundwater once it's disturbed.
Lakes in a National Park south of Sydney have been "stuffed" by nearby coal mines, even though the mines operated within the limits of environmental controls.
As farmer Andrew Pursehouse explained to me and Richard Di Natale on Tuesday at Breeza, once an aquifer is breached, the damage and contamination to groundwater is beyond containment.
And water issues aside, the carbon emissions from any new coal mines all contribute to dangerous global warming.
Use your vote to protect the land, water and atmosphere from coal and carbon pollution -- vote for no new coal -- vote Green.