Coal protesters fined in court

Two protestors who were arrested last month during a coal mine protest at Jondaryan have pleaded guilty to trespassing and were fined.

Friends of the Earth members Samuel Ian Robb, 22, and Dr Bradley Russell Smith, 29, entered the New Hope Group coal loading facility on October 15.

The pair climbed to the top of a coal stockpile and unfurled a banner which read: New Hope: Your coal dump is choking Jondaryan.

Rob and Smith appeared in Oakey Magistrates Court where they pleaded guilty to trespassing.

Robb was fined $300 and Smith was fined $450, however convictions were not recorded.

The men say New Hope Coal are not being transparent enough when it comes to the levels of dust emission and noise pollution being emitted from the Jondaryan facility, The Chronicle reported.

"Friends of the Earth suspects that the dust emissions and noise pollution at night are well above safe levels, but the data just isn't being released, so no one knows," Smith said.

"While New Hope Coal made $171 million after tax profit last year, the people of Jondaryan are suffering a great loss to their living standards and health."

In a media statement earlier this year, The New Hope Group said they would move the loading facility more than 8 kilometres north-east of Jondaryan if the government approved stage three of their expansion project for the New Acland Project.

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