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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