Another set­back for New Acland

The Australian Mining Review - - NEWS -

THE fu­ture of the New Acland coal mine ex­pan­sion has been dealt a blow af­ter the QLD De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Science re­fused to ac­cept the New Hope Group ap­pli­ca­tion to amend the En­vi­ron­men­tal Au­thor­ity (EA).

“This very sur­pris­ing de­ci­sion handed down with­out any rea­son­ing or ex­pla­na­tion, puts at risk more than 700 jobs de­spite the project un­der­go­ing rig­or­ous govern­ment as­sess­ment pro­cesses, in­clud­ing an ex­am­i­na­tion by the In­de­pen­dent Ex­pert Sci­en­tific Com­mit­tee as part of the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s ap­proval,” Queens­land Re­sources Coun­cil chief Ian Macfar­lane said.

New Hope is pre­par­ing for a Ju­di­cial Re­view of the orig­i­nal Land Court de­ci­sion – sched­uled for 19 March – which could in­val­i­date the De­part­ment’s de­ci­sion.

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