Major coal project knocked back

THE Queensland Department of Environment and Science yesterday decided to refuse New Hope Coal Corporation’s application to amend the environmental authority for its New Acland coal mine stage three project in the Darling Downs.

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This follows a recommendation by Queensland’s Land Court in May 2017 that stage three of the project be refused following a 99-day public hearing.

The company said in a statement it is disappointed with the outcome and was considering its options in response.

“The company is committed to securing approval for this project and in doing so being able to provide ongoing employment for the approximately 300 employees and 500 contractors currently engaged at the New Acland coal mine,” it said.

“A Judicial Review of the Land Court decision will be heard in the Queensland Supreme Court during March.”

Environmental Defenders Qld CEO Jo-Anne Bragg said the decision ...