Green light for trou­bled Galilee mine

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has given con­di­tional ap­proval to another Galilee Basin mega mine.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Greg Hunt has ticked off on the AMCI and Ban­danna Energy’s South Galilee coal pro­ject and its plan that will cre­ate a po­ten­tial 1600 jobs. How­ever, Ban­danna Energy is now in the hands of re­ceivers af­ter long de­lays in the ap­proval and de­vel­op­ment of its Spring­sure Creek pro­ject, near Emer­ald, and the down­turn in the coal mar­ket pres­sured in­vestors.

The mine, 12km from the town of Al­pha and 180km west of Emer­ald, is the fifth to be ap­proved in the re­gion.

If it goes ahead it will con­sist of both open cut and un­der­ground min­ing and pro­duce about 17 mil­lion tonnes.

Some of the con­di­tions from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment re­late to the en­dan­gered black- throated finch which have also im­pacted Clive Palmer’s Waratah Coal pro­ject. The most ad­vanced of the Galilee Basin projects, Adani’s Carmichael mine, is ex­pected to have all its ap­provals later this year.

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