Digging deep into Yallourn mine failures

Floods in the Latrobe Valley that crippled the Yallourn power plant and coal mine are troubling at a time when the Baillieu government looks to boost coal mining in the state. Here's six lessons Victoria must learn.

On June 6 the Morwell River collapsed into the Yallourn coal mine in the Latrobe Valley. The river, perhaps Australia’s most poorly treated, has been moved six times to allow access to new coal deposits. The day after the mine site collapsed, TRUenergy dammed the river in two places, diverted the flow of the river into their mine pits, and shut down most of the power station.

If you’ve never seen a broken river before, here’s what it looks like.


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