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Maules Creek Coal Mine of Whitehaven Coal Accused of Polluting Back Creek

Coal News - Published on Tue, 11 Feb 2020

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Northern Daily Leader reported that landholders near Whitehaven Coal's Maules Creek Mine have filed a complaint against the company, claiming the mining giant contaminated the water in Back Creek. Nearby farmer Ms Ros Druce notified the NSW Environmental Protection Agency after discovering thousands of small styrofoam balls in the creek. Ms Druce said she believed the balls may have been used in explosive blasts and the company, if responsible, should be punished. She said "This styrofoam could have long lasting negative impacts on the local aquatic ecosystem. We also don't know what else has been released into the river system. That's why we're urging an urgent investigation into whether Whitehaven has once again failed in its responsibilities to protect the community and environment that it operates in. This company is a repeat offender, and has no social licence left in this community."

An EPA spokesperson said the incident was being investigated. Spokesperson said "The EPA was made aware of the incident on Monday morning. An investigation is under way and will be carried out as soon as possible."

Back Creek is part of the Namoi River system, which eventually flows into the Murray Darling System

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 11 Feb 2020
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