Activists lose mine fight
AFTER 16 months of legal hold-ups, the courts have delivered a serious blow to the activists fighting against GVK Hancock’s $10 billion megamine in central Queensland.
The Supreme Court’s Justice James Douglas threw out an appeal from Coast and Country against a previous Land Court ruling over GVK’s environmental authority for the Alpha mine, in which billionaire Gina Rinehart has a relation to a broad range of environmental impacts, including groundwater,” he said.
“We have undertaken one of the most comprehensive hydrogeological assessments in the area.
“Those agreements hold us legally liable should we impact the groundwater.”
LNP mining spokesman Andrew Cripps said the activists were sophisticated, well funded and focused on discouraging investment and undermining confidence in Queensland.