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Is mining above the law (Series)
Regulatory Capture: who regulates the regulators?

Dr Gavin Mudd, an environmental engineer at Monash University, digs into the trend towards regulatory capture, a phenomenon that allows de facto self regulation for many companies such as miners. Regulatory capture occurs when the regulators lose their independence and their scientific objectivities when regulating a particular industry as a result of moving too close to the industries.
Bimblebox - a dangerous precedent?

Paola Cassoni, from the Bimblebox Nature Refuge, outlines how coal mining will affect this supposedly protected area. It is in danger of being obliterated by a proposed coal mine that will be the largest in the world
Ground rules for groundwork with CSG exploration

Dr Gavin Mudd, an environmental engineer from Monash University, looks at community safeguards for various mining activities and the role that gas and renewable energies currently have in Australia, and might have in the future.
Are environmental offsets the answer?

Environmental offsets try to counterbalance negative results with positive results somewhere else, in effect allowing environmental degradation in in one area to be compensated by a benefit for the environment in another. Dr Martine Maron, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management at Queensland University’s School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management explains the pros and cons of environmental offsets for planned developments.
An 'off' Offset?

Wendy Hawes, an ecologist with more than 20 years experience in north west NSW, passes a critical eye over environmental information provided to the state and federal governments in order to gain approval for a Whitehaven coal mine near Maules Creek in NSW.
Gate crashers

Steve Phillips, Hunter Regional Coordinator for the Lock the Gates alliance, voices concerns about new state government regulations that favour coal mining industry over the community or the environment.
Mine shaft

Nic Clyde, Senior Climate Campaigner with Greenpeace, explains the protest activity at the Whitehaven coal mine at Maules Creek near Narrabri, in NSW.

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