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Tasmanian Farmer Shocked over Proposed Woodbury Coal Mine - Report

Coal News - Published on Wed, 09 Oct 2019

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ABC reported that third generation farmer Richard Hedlam is well aware of the coal seam that runs beneath his Woodbury property in Tasmania's east. He said he was approached by Midland Energy two years ago and in no uncertain terms rejected their plan to extract coal from his farm. I feel a bit shocked it's reared its ugly head again. We definitely don't want a coal mine here. The company has an exploration licence at Woodbury and Jericho and is trying to raise equity in the United States. It told potential investors its tenements contained 89 million tonnes of "export quality, clean coal" that it plans to export to India and Asia.

It said that "After years of successful exploration and feasibility studies, the time is right to embark on the next phase of development to build a privately owned, low-CAPEX, high-profit margin coal mining business. It was an easy choice to seek equity capital in the US since we are planning to use mining methods first pioneered in the coal fields of America."

Mr Daniel Macri MD of Midland Energy told ABC Hobart the company planned to use the highwall mining method a hybrid between open-cut and underground mining. I think, 'why not?' Coal in Tasmania, it's mined in every other state and exported. Who are we in the West to say that the developing world can't have and can't harness cheap energy that we've had access to for 200 years.

Mr Hedlam said that it would affect four farming families at Woodbury, none of whom had been recently consulted. We were notified two years ago but we've heard nothing about it since then, we were assured it was basically dead in the water. He said that assurance came from a government MP.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 09 Oct 2019
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