Horse breeders gain final-ditch acceptable tell, 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 refusing to rubber sign its approval.
- Mining operations at Dartbrook Hunter Valley were on terminate for 14 years since 2006
- Supreme ditch effort sees topic returned to conciliation
- Native horse breeders opposed to the mine’s reopening gain the lawful to affix complaints
Australian Pacific Coal had reached an agreement with the Unbiased Planning Rate (IPC), earlier this month, for an extension of its mining license through to 2027, paving the technique for operations to resume.
The mine contrivance Muswellbrook has been mothballed for 14 years after it closed on account of fireplace and fatalities.
But a successful final-ditch acceptable area from the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Affiliation (HTBA) will allow them to affix complaints as a celebration, preventing the court from ratifying the sooner agreement.
The IPC had previously refused to lengthen approval from 2022, except 2027, citing a scarcity of craftsmanship. Then once more Australian Pacific Coal appealed the choice, submitting a revised proposal.
Within the Land and Atmosphere Court, Justice Duggan accredited some aspects of that revised proposal might per chance well want been so different from the customary, that it might per chance well well recount a brand new proposal, and allowed HTBA to affix complaints on that foundation.
The decision technique Australian Pacific Coal now face a serious hurdle in gaining approval for the license extension.
Intense community hobby has surrounded the Dartbrook mine because it used to be acquired by Australian Pacific Coal in 2016.
Kirsty O’Connell from community community Mates of the Upper Hunter used to be in actual fact one of 1,300 submissions in opposition to the mine’s extension.
“We’ve got 50 million tonnes of permitted mining capability each and every one year, there is bigger than ample,” Ms O’Connell said.
She said the intervention from the HTBA demonstrates the utter in meaningfully opposing mining developments.
“The area is that whereas notionally, somebody in the community can lift half in the acceptable direction of, the set aside we peep these choices being made that are appropriate so disagreeable,” she said.
“But essentially it requires extensive assets and time in tell to argue a case, and that’s explanation why we are so deeply upset in the Unbiased Planning Rate in its refusal to stand up for its have decision.”
A spokesperson for the IPC said it “consulted broadly” and printed its agreement with Australian Pacific Coal, providing “any objectors who were sad with the agreement the chance to affix complaints”.
Hunter Labor MP Joel Fitzgibbon said his toughen for the mission remains.
“The approvals direction of might per chance well well composed be allowed to escape its stout direction, but I’m hopeful the mission will proceed, and I invent not get hang of any doubt it’s going to operate with out spoil to our thoroughbred industry.”
HTBA has seven days to file a press release of details and contentions sooner than the topic returns to court in December.
The Minerals Council declined to comment.
HTBA and Australian Pacific Coal were contacted for comment.