Activists file legal action to stop Rinehart’s mine

Environmentalists are fighting to stop Gina Rinehart’s $10 billion coal mine, port and rail project going ahead in Queensland.

Coast and Country Association of Qld Inc. want to block the state government’s approval of the project, arguing it will damage the environment, and have filed legal action against the miner, WAtoday reported.

“This mine is another monster for Queensland,” Derec Davies, a spokesman for the group said in the statement.

“Not much is known about its impacts on water.”

According to Bloomberg News, Coast and Country’s lawyers sent a notice of objection to Hancock Coal yesterday.

The Alpha project, 79 per cent owned by Indian conglomerate GVK and 21 per cent owned by Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting, involves two coal mines in the Galilee Basin, a 495 km standard gauge railway line as well as the port facilities at Abbot Point.

The project is set to create 650 jobs during port construction while the combined Alpha mine rail and port project will provide 1800 on-going, intergenerational operational jobs and employ 4000 people during construction.

Pending the finalisation of construction contracts and secondary approvals, construction for the projects it set to start later this year, with first production not expected until 2016.

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