Fact Sheets

BHP Billiton’s IndoMet Project: Digging Deep into the Heart of Borneo

For centuries, the indigenous Dayak peoples of Indonesian Borneo lived from the abundant forests and rivers that blanketed the region. Now BHP Billiton is planning to build a series of massive coal mines that would destroy primary rainforest, deprive indigenous peoples of their customary land, and pollute water sources relied on by up to 1 million people.

Joint Statement on the Health Effects of Coal

This joint statement by Professor Tim Flannery, Professor Fiona Stanley and Dr Liz Hanna of the Climate and Health Alliance outlines the health risks of coal for Australian people and recommends national standards for consistent air, water and soil quality monitoring at and around every coal mine and power station in Australia together with adequate consideration of coal's human health risks in all energy and resources policy and investment decisions.

Mercury is Toxic

Coal-fired power plants are one of the largest sources of pollution in our country. They emit thousands of pounds of toxic mercury pollution every year, as well as arsenic, lead, and acid gases, putting families at risk. This fact sheet from Sierra Club outlines how mercury pollution from coal power plants damages our environment and makes us sick.