Galilee Basin coal mines – over activist’s dead body

Andrew Bartlett and Ben Pennings are going on a hunger strike to bring awareness to the the production planned in the Galilee Basin
Andrew Bartlett and Ben Pennings are going on a hunger strike to bring awareness to the the production planned in the Galilee Basin

OVER Our Dead Bodies - it sounds a little extreme, but not to environmental activist Ben Pennings who "will do what it takes" to stop all coal mines in the Galilee Basin.

"We're not being particularly dramatic calling our campaign Over Our Dead Bodies," Mr Pennings said

"Coal is a dying and dirty industry and we don't want any coal developments to go ahead in the Galilee Basin,"

The ex-Greenpeace candidate and founder of Generation Alpha has launched - to stop the "world's largest coal mining complex" in the Galilee Basin, going ahead.

The website calls on people to pledge to "trash the Aurizon brand" because Aurizon wants to develop the railway infrastructure to haul coal from the GVK Hancock Alpha coal mine.

"Aurizon are planning to bail out debt-ridden Indian company GVK, allowing GVK to start digging up the first three mines," Mr Pennings said.

"We will do whatever is necessary to stop Aurizon doing this. Hundreds of activists around the country are already committing online to participate in both direct action and civil disobedience strategies."

Ben said "mining the Galilee is literally insane", and he has dropped everything to focus on preventing it.

"This coal complex is the biggest in the world, one of a few projects on the globe that simply can't go ahead if we're to avoid catastrophic runaway climate change," he said.

"When you have children and you know the impacts that the Galilee coal will have if its dug up and burnt, then you have to act."

A Queensland Resources Council spokesman said they were aware of the Over our Dead Bodies grroup

"A number of activist groups have emerged under the umbrella of a 2012 master plan to shut down the Australian coal industry," the spokesman said.

"Their stated strategy is to 'disrupt and delay' key projects and infrastructure."

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