Cadia wins legal challenge

Legal challenges against Newcrest Mining’s exploration leases by Gold and Copper Resources (GCR) have been dismissed in the Land and Environment Court.

This brings to an end the latest round of legal wrangling, which has been ongoing since 2012.

GCR’s previous claims against Newcrest, regarding the same exploration tenements, were also dismissed in 2013.

At the time the Lucknow based GCR claimed Newcrest breached a confidentiality agreement in 2009 while negotiating with the Department of Primary Industries over the renewal of two exploration licences in the Cadia Valley – EL 3856 and EPL 1024.

At the time Judge James Stevenson ruled that even though Newcrest breached a confidentiality agreement with exploration company Gold and Copper Resources, [GCR] there were no financial losses as a result.

Now GCR has lost its latest case relating to Newcrest’s renewal of these tenements, after arguing that in renewing the exploration licence the action breached the mining act, claiming that NSW mining minister Chris Hartcher did not have the power to grant mining leases and that the application for the renewal of EL 3856 was invalid.

This has been complete dismissed by the judge, who even asked  GCR’s legal representative whether they were “actually on a fishing trip”, to which the miner’s lawyer conceded that they were.

GCR has been ordered to pay costs.

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