Activists spreading “hysteria” over mining: Galilee

NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee has launched a new attack on the anti-mining movement, accusing protesters of spreading “exaggerations” and “hysteria” about the industry.

In an opinion piece yesterday Galilee applauded Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke's decision to approve Whitehaven's Maules Creek project.

He also said the decision was a “victory for fact over fiction,” and attempted to dispel concerns about the development.

In addition to downplaying the environmental impact of Maules Creek, Galilee said the project was set to create jobs and wealth for NSW and the nation.

“In full production the project will provide royalties of $120 million a year to the NSW government, corporate taxes of $220 million a year to the federal government and more than $50 million in household income annually, as well as 600 jobs in construction and 470 jobs in operation,” he said.

You can read the full opinion piece on the Daily Telegraph here.

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