Horse breeders defend last-ditch correct repeat, halting coal mine approval
A proposal to resume operations at a mothballed underground coal mine in the NSW Hunter Valley has been dealt a setback, with the Land and Atmosphere Court docket refusing to rubber charge its approval.
- Mining operations at Dartbrook Hunter Valley had been on pause for 14 years since 2006
- Final ditch effort sees matter returned to conciliation
- Native horse breeders adverse to the mine’s reopening defend the factual to hitch lawsuits
Australian Pacific Coal had reached an agreement with the Independent Planning Price (IPC), earlier this month, for an extension of its mining license through to 2027, paving the arrangement for operations to resume.
The mine near Muswellbrook has been mothballed for 14 years after it closed resulting from fire and fatalities.
Nonetheless a a hit last-ditch correct assert from the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Affiliation (HTBA) will enable them to hitch lawsuits as a celebration, combating the court docket from ratifying the earlier agreement.
The IPC had beforehand refused to prolong approval from 2022, till 2027, citing an absence of recordsdata. Nonetheless Australian Pacific Coal appealed the resolution, submitting a revised proposal.
Within the Land and Atmosphere Court docket, Justice Duggan permitted some aspects of that revised proposal would possibly maybe additionally had been so various from the authentic, that it would possibly maybe maybe most likely presumably constitute a new proposal, and allowed HTBA to hitch lawsuits on that foundation.
The resolution means Australian Pacific Coal now face a major hurdle in gaining reputation of the license extension.
Intense community ardour has surrounded the Dartbrook mine because it used to be acquired by Australian Pacific Coal in 2016.
Kirsty O’Connell from community crew Chums of the Upper Hunter used to be one of 1,300 submissions in opposition to the mine’s extension.
“We bear 50 million tonnes of approved mining means yearly, there is bigger than adequate,” Ms O’Connell acknowledged.
She acknowledged the intervention from the HTBA demonstrates the anguish in meaningfully opposing mining traits.
“The difficulty is that while notionally, someone in the neighborhood can rob half in the excellent project, where we interrogate these decisions being made that are correct so incorrect,” she acknowledged.
“Nonetheless undoubtedly it requires mammoth sources and time so that you would possibly maybe argue a case, and that is the explanation why we are so deeply upset in the Independent Planning Price in its refusal to face up for its fetch resolution.”
A spokesperson for the IPC acknowledged it “consulted broadly” and printed its agreement with Australian Pacific Coal, providing “any objectors who had been wretched with the agreement the replacement to hitch lawsuits”.
Hunter Labor MP Joel Fitzgibbon acknowledged his toughen for the mission remains.
“The approvals project would possibly maybe additionally restful be allowed to bustle its fat path, but I am hopeful the mission will proceed, and I in actuality haven’t any question it is going to operate without hurt to our thoroughbred alternate.”
HTBA has seven days to file an announcement of information and contentions earlier than the matter returns to court docket in December.
The Minerals Council declined to observation.
HTBA and Australian Pacific Coal had been contacted for observation.