The Courier-Mail

Ac­tivists lose mine fight

- JOHN MCCARTHY

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.

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