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Australian Pacific Coal Mulls Options after Regulator Bars Mine Extension

Coal News - Published on Fri, 16 Aug 2019

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Reuters, citing Australian Pacific Coal, reported that it was considering its options after a state regulator refused to extend the life of a mothballed coal mine, partly due to a lack of information around the proposed mine's carbon emissions. Australian Pacific said it will review the reasons for the decision and evaluate all available options for its Dartbrook mine. Australian Pacific Executive Chairman Mr John Robinson said "It is disappointing the IPC did not approve the additional five years of mine life."

Australian Pacific applied last year to restart a thermal coal mine in New South Wales. The state's Independent Planning Commission approved the restart, but rejected a five-year extension beyond the current permit which ends December 5th 2022. The Commission said the extension for the mine would not be in line with "ecologically sustainable development or inter-generational equity", and was not in the public interest. The impacts relating to air quality, noise, subsidence, groundwater and greenhouse gas emissions have not been fully considered in this application.

The ruling is the second this year to signal Australian authorities are tightening up coal mine approvals after the state's land court ruled against developers planning to build a mine in the same region in February.

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Fri, 16 Aug 2019
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