Coal company wants to be consulted on environment protection strategy

Centennial Coal wants to be involved in a state government environmental protection strategy in the Hunter region.

The company, which runs many mines in the region, wants to be consulted to safeguard coal mining’s future.

The state government is looking at the Lower Hunter Strategic Assessment to shield the region’s environment from the effects of urban expansion, the ABC reported.

General manager of external affairs Katie Brassil said the company wants to prevent disputes over land in the future.

She said the company also wants to guarantee mining will have a lasting role in the region and wants the assessment to be handled in a balanced way.

“I believe that this is a very open and transparent process and we’re simply seeking a seat at the table to ensure that we can make a contribution,” she said.

“We have a significant part of our business in this local Lake Macquarie area and it’s in the best interest of the community and government and indeed ourselves to ensure that we participate,” she said.

Centennial Coal cut 130 jobs from its Newstan mine last year, and a further 40 jobs from its Mannering and Airly Mines in NSW.

It came as the company looked to review its operations and cut costs.

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