Embattled Duralie coal mine gets approvals

The Duralie open cut coal mine has received approval for extensions.

 The Duralie open cut coal mine has received approval for extensions.

It comes after the mine development by Gloucester Coal saw serious opposition from local community groups, according to the Newcastle Herald.

The NSW Land and Environment Court gave approval yesterday after previously putting operations on hold due to appeals against them in May by the Ironstone Community Action Group (ICAG).

This is despite Gloucester being granted environmental and planning approvals in December last year, and mining leases in January.

At the time of the appeal, the miner said it believed the objections were unwarranted, and would continue to rely on its existing environmental approvals to carry out work on Duralie during the appeals process.

The ICAG held up developments at the site due to excessive noise and dust complaints.

The judge at the environmental court changed the extensions approvals condition before giving the miner the go-ahead.

The Duralie project is integrated with Gloucester’s Stratford Operation, located 95kms from Newcastle.

 

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