Money New Acland Coal mine expansion given second chance by Queensland Government

19:49  14 february  2018
19:49  14 february  2018 Source:   MSN

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New Acland Coal Mine Stage-3 details The plan to expand the New Acland mine operations was first proposed in 2007. NAC, however, revised the project in 2012 to address the concerns raised by the Queensland government and local community about the potential impact of the project.

Win for farmers challenging New Acland Coal mine expansion . 31 May, 2017. It is two decisions of the Queensland Government , not the Land Court, that will now determine whether Stage 3 goes ahead.

a person sitting on the side of a mountain© Provided by ABC Business Queensland's Environment Department has thrown embattled miner New Acland Coal a lifeline, despite its historic loss in the Land Court last year.

The court recommended against the coal mine's expansion into agricultural land on Queensland's Darling Downs, mainly because of uncertainty as to how it would affect long-term groundwater supplies.

But 7.30 has learned that despite the court's ruling, the Environment Department invited New Acland Coal to submit new water modelling late last year.

In a letter tothe department, dated October 3, New Acland Coal forwarded further new data which it argued provided "a great increase in confidence" of groundwater impacts.

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FARMERS and residents battling to stop New Hope’s controversial Stage 3 expansion of the New Acland coal project will begin a landmark case in Queensland ’s “It’s the decision of the Queensland Government , not the Land Court, to make the final decision on whether or not the project goes ahead.

"I think it stinks," said cattle breeder Frank Ashman — one of more than 20 landholders objecting to the mine expansion.

"Departments should be working for all and sundry in the best interests of everybody."

But the chief financial officer of New Hope, the parent company of New Acland Coal, said it was a fair process.

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The New Acland Mine is located adjacent to Acland township, about 10 km north of Oakey on the Darling Downs in Queensland , Australia. Geologically it is part of the Wallon Coal Measures and contains more than 500 million tonnes of coal that is removed by the open cut method.

Masters, Chris, 2006, Jonestown: The Power and the Myth of Alan Jones, Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin. External links. New Acland Coal Expansion Project documentation, Queensland Government Environmental Protection Authority.

"If there's an issue with something, I think the right thing to do is to look at what the issue was and try to resolve it," Matthew Busch told 7.30.

The Environment Department is expected to announce tomorrow whether it will grant the mine an environmental authority — the first step before obtaining a mining licence — and the new water modelling could be the deciding factor.

"We are confident the mine will go ahead," Mr Busch said.

"We're committed to doing that not just for the hundreds of employees that are dependent on it, but more importantly we've got the community that want this to go ahead," he said.

Despite New Acland Coal's claims of strong local support, the Land Court found there was deep division in the community.

The Palaszczuk Labor Government has yet to declare its position on the controversial mine, citing a judicial challenge to the court's finding due to be heard next month.

The person ultimately responsible for deciding whether to grant the mining licence is Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynham, who did not respond to 7.30's request for an interview.

Under Queensland law, Mr Lynham also had an opportunity to offer advice to the department about how to handle New Acland Coal's application for an environmental authority.

His office has confirmed the minister declined to offer any such advice.

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