GVK Alpha coal mine hit with another environmental appeal

Gina Rinehart’s GVK Hancock Alpha coal mine has been hit with another appeal against its environmental approvals.

It comes only a month after the miner won against two appeals in the Supreme Court over its environmental approvals.

In September the court rejected two appeals, one against the mine’s approval by the Land Court, as well as an appeal of the granting of the Environmental Authority, a move which was in the same vein as those that have stymied the development of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine.

The latest challenge, from environmental group Coast and Country Queensland, is filing an appeal to the Full Bench of the Supreme Court against the environmental approvals, focusing on Scope 3 carbon emissions, according to the Courier Mail.

This marks the fourth round of legal appeals against the mine.

A statement from the miner stressed, "this new appeal does not involve any landholders and does not incoporate objections to groundwater."

"This new appeal only involves anti-mining activists and is based on an objection to Scope 3 emissions, meaning emissions from coal fired power generation in other countries not being incorporated into Australian approvals," a GVk Hancock spokesperson said.

"This new legal challenge completely misses the fact that exporting coal from the Galilee Basin will not in any way change global carbon emissions or global demand for thermal coal."

They went on to state that this latest legal challenge will delay the mine and thousands of jobs for Queensland for an additional six to nine months, adding to the 30 months of delays caused by anti-mining activists.

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