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Wollongong Coal Mine Expansion Plan Endorsed

Coal News - Published on Tue, 22 Sep 2020

Image Source: Wollongong Coal Mine
Illawarra Mercury reported that Wollongong Coal's bid to expand underneath the water catchment has been recommended for approval by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, which found the benefits outweighed the costs, and the project was in the public interest. It has provoked a furious reaction from environmentalists, who say the company is a basket case that shouldn't be trusted with sensitive environmental concerns.

A letter to the Independent Planning Commission from department deputy secretary Marcus Ray said the bord and pillar mining method would address environmental and water concerns. He said "Based on a detailed assessment, the department and relevant government agencies consider that the bord and pillar mining method has addressed key issues raised by the commission, particularly in relation to the uncertainty associated with subsidence and groundwater impacts.”

Concerns over the potential for significant water catchment drainage into the mine had earlier been raised by the Planning Assessment Commission.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 22 Sep 2020
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