Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Blockade-of-Maules-Creek-Coalmine-in-Australia-27MZIF3FINDL.htmlConceptually similarLeard State Forest Blockade in New South WalesGP0STO7QRCompleted★★★★Leard State Forest Blockade in New South WalesGP0STO7QTCompleted★★★★Blockade of Maules Creek Coalmine in AustraliaGP0STO7R9Completed★★★★Blockade of Maules Creek Coalmine in AustraliaGP0STO7RBCompleted★★★★Blockade of Maules Creek Coalmine in AustraliaGP0STO7RACompleted★★★★Blockade of Maules Creek Coalmine in AustraliaGP0STO7RDCompleted★★★★★★Clearing of the Leard State Forest in New South WalesGP0STO7RECompleted★★★★Leard State Forest Blockade in New South WalesGP0STO7QQCompleted★★★★Leard State Forest Blockade in New South WalesGP0STO7QSCompleted★★★★View AllGP0STO7RCBlockade of Maules Creek Coalmine in AustraliaAn activist on a tripod at one of the four points of the blockade on Valyama road, where workers enter the site. Protesters blocked entry to Whitehaven's controversial Maules Creek coal mine development. The mine faces massive community opposition and environmental organisations, Lock The Gate, The Wilderness Society, Greenpeace, 350 and others joined the call from locals to prevent work going ahead on the infrastructure of the mine.Locations:Australia-Leard State Forest-Maules Creek-New South Wales-OceaniaDate:28 Jan, 2014Credit:© Tom Jefferson / GreenpeaceMaximum size:5268px X 3512pxKeywords:Access blockade actions-Actions and protests-Activists-Climate (campaign title)-Coal-Coal mines-Day-Deforestation-Forests (campaign title)-KWCI (GPI)-Landscapes-One person-Outdoors-Silhouettes-Trucks-Whitehaven Coal LtdShoot:Blockade of Maules Creek Coalmine in AustraliaLeard State Forest in NW New South Wales includes the most extensive and intact stands of the nationally-listed and critically endangered Box-Gum Woodland remaining on the Australian continent. The forest is home to 396 species of plants and animals and includes habitat for 34 threatened species and several endangered ecological communities. Two open-cut coal mines are already operating and have approval to expand further into Leard State Forest. A third open-cut coal mine, Maules Creek Coal Mine owned by Whitehaven Coal, is approved and expected to begin production in 2015. Together these mines will clear approximately 5000 hectares, more than half of Leard State Forest, and produce 20 million tonnes of coal that will be railed to the Port of Newcastle for export. Maules Creek is the largest coal mine currently under construction in Australia. Farmers, traditional owners, national and local environment groups and local residents have been blockading Whitehaven’s construction efforts.