Bathurst receives approval for NZ coal mining

Bathurst Resources’ Buller Coal has received environmental approval for its Escarpment Mine Project (EMP) in Westport, New Zealand.

The environmental approvals are subject to strict conditions to mitigate social and environmental impacts associated with operations.

An independent panel of commissioners gave the go-ahead for Bathurst’s application on 26 August, however they are still subject to appeal.

Conditions of the approval include monitoring and enhancing Kiwi populations, and financial contributions of up to .5% of the total value of the project.

The EMP is an open cut coal operation.

It is aiming to begin operations in late 2011, and expects to produce around one million tonnes of coking coal annually.

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