DEA - Doctors for the environment
  • Port Waratah Coal Services Terminal 4

    Impacts of the current proposal do not stop at the perimeter fence. The loading of an extra 70 million tonnes per annum of coal is covered by this planning assessment process, but that 70 Mtpa has to be brought to port in 9,855 trains per year making 19,710 trips through each suburb along the coal corridor. This extra transport task has significant health and environmental effects.........

    Download Submission (390KB) | December 2013
  • Inquiry into the Implications for Western Australia of Hydraulic Fracturing for Unconventional Gas

    This submission will be focused on the potential health implications of hydraulic fracturing and the processes that implicitly accompany it..................... The combined process, that is often just referred to as hydraulic fracturing, has really only emerged over the last decade. Consequently there is very limited evidence regarding its health or environmental impacts in the short to medium term and no long term data.  

    Download Submission (440KB) | December 2013
  • Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 and Related Bills Submission

    In our submission we argue that repealing the Clean Energy Legislation and related Bills removes a vitally important public health measure. Accordingly, DEA is strongly opposed to these repeals.

    Download Submission (306KB) | December 2013
  • NSW SEPP Amendment - Coal Seam Gas 2013

    It is vital that new regulations such as this proposed amendment are sufficient to protect public health. However, although it is a step in the right direction, it does not adequately protect other areas at risk - our prime farming land, our water catchments, and unique natural environments like the Pilliga forest (with its state significant biodiversity). Under the changes, these natural resources remain vulnerable to the impacts of coal seam gas mining. Moreover, the amendment does not apply to existing CSG developments, with only areas exposed to new exploration and production development being assured of exclusion.

    Download Submission (238KB) | November 2013
  • Proposed Port Pirie Smelter Transformation

    The purpose of this submission is to emphasise that, while the proposed Nyrstar Transformation of the lead smelter at Port Pirie considerably advances the health of Port Pirie residents, the environmental lead exposure of residents still remains of concern to us.

  • NSW Native Forest Bio-material submission

    We have a planet to manage, not just a local economy. Climate change and its threats to human health, survival and social stability should be at the top of the public service agenda. It is unscientific, irrational and counter to the public interest to develop forest burning as an energy source.

  • NSW SEPP (Mining, Petroleum Production and Extractive Industries) Submission

    In the opinion of DEA, the proposed SEPP inappropriately promotes and facilitates the development of resource mining at the expense of the other valuable land uses, ecosystems, local communities, our health and the stability of our climate.

  • CSG and large coal mining developments –  impacts on water resources submission

    Most importantly, the onus should be on proof of the proposed actions' safety and lack of harm to the environment and human health now and into perpetuity- if this is in anyway jeopardised the activity should not be allowed to proceed.

  • Submission into the non-financial barriers to mineral and energy resource exploration

    Our health is closely related to the state of our environment and dependent on many natural services it provides. Environmental damage and degradation can lead to health impacts in a great many ways, both directly – as in the case of pollutants – to complex and cumulative effects. Changes to water quality and availability, loss of ecological services and the consequences of climate change, being some examples.

  • NSW Government Planning Review – White Paper

    While changes in the planning system are welcome and needed, it is imperative that these changes foster improvements in the health and wellbeing of NSW residents, whom NSW legislation ultimately serves, and who stand to benefit from the state’s economic development. This submission reviews the White Paper’s potential to protect and improve health outcomes of current and future generations, and outlines the serious consequences of not fully considering the impacts of development on health in the new planning legislation.

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