June 19, 2017
New Acland Coal has sought a sought a judicial review of a recent Land Court recommendation the State Government axe the controversial Stage 3 expansion of the mine.
New Acland Coal is a wholly owned subsidiary of New Hope Corporation.
On May 31 – after the longest hearing in the 120-year history of the Land Court – the court recommended that Mines Minister Anthony Lynham and other government authorities formally reject the mining leases and environmental authorities for the $900 million proposed expansion.
The Land Court said the project could damage groundwater for farmers for hundreds of years.
“Groundwater considerations are such that the revised Stage 3 project should not proceed given the risks to the surrounding landholders and the poor state of the current model,” the judgment reads.
The ruling also considered noise levels, dust and air quality issues, and koala habitat.
A statement to the ASX on Thursday said New Hope remained committed to progressing the approvals required to deliver the New Acland Stage 3 project.