This web site has been developed by Friends of Felton Inc (FOF). The site exists for the specific purpose of expressing our opposition to mining development at Felton, and in particular a proposal to establish the so-called Felton Clean Coal Demonstration Project. 

Physically, the project would be located at Felton, which is a farming district on the inner Darling Downs about 30 km south west of Toowoomba. Geologically, Felton lies in the Clarence Moreton Basin of SE Queensland to the west of the Great Dividing Range. In terms of water catchments, Felton is located at the headwaters of the Murray Darling Basin. Felton Valley is dissected by Hodgson Creek which runs into the Condamine River which in turn becomes the Balonne River before flowing into the Darling River. 

The project proponent is Ambre Energy Limited. According to its Initial Advice Statement dated December 2008, Ambre is proposing to operate a 455 tonne per annum di-methyl ether (DME) pilot plant to demonstrate existing and new technology for the production of DME. The project would encompass a DME reactor, co-generation of electricity and an open cut mine to provide the feed stock. The mine would be developed in two stages; the initial stage would involve the extraction of 800,000 tonnes per annum of coal while the second stage would expand the extraction rate to 3.8 million tonnes per annum.

Ambre Energy have made no secret of its plans for further expansion of the project up to the extraction of 12.8 million tonnes per annum of coal.

Ambre Energy Limited (the Proponent) is an unlisted public company based in Brisbane. The proposal was not invited by the Felton community, nor was there any local consultation prior to release of the Initial Advice Statement that declared Ambre's intentions. It is apparent that Ambre made its decision to attempt a large open cut mine at Felton without any reference to the social and cultural history of the district, its demographics or the preferences and sensibilities of residents.

According to its Initial Advice Statement, Ambre Energy Limited was formed in June 2005 for the purpose of developing and commercialising new technologies for the more effective use of coal as a source of energy. Ambre claims to have about 180 shareholders but further details have not yet been provided.