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NSW Court blocks Gloucester Resource’s Rocky Hill coking coal mine development

Coal News - Published on Mon, 11 Feb 2019

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The New South Wales Land and Environment Court has rejected an appeal from Gloucester Resources regarding the refusal of its development application for the Rocky Hill coking coal mine. The verdict was delivered last week by Chief Justice Brian Preston, who said the mine would have significant social and environmental impacts. Preston’s judgment stated “The mine will have significant adverse impacts on the visual amenity and rural and scenic character of the valley, significant adverse social impacts on the community and particular demographic groups in the area, and significant impacts on the existing, approved and likely preferred uses of land in the vicinity of the mine.”

The judgment also cited the potential climate change impact caused by greenhouse gases arising from the mine’s activity.

The NSW Independent Planning Commission refused the mine in December 2017, finding that the project was not in the public interest, which prompted Gloucester to sue the Minister for Planning.

Gloucester has been developing the Rocky Hill coal mine for several years, having started exploration and project planning works in 2010. Gloucester had proposed employing 110 operational staff to produce 21 million tonnes of coal over a mine life of up to 21 years.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 11 Feb 2019
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