Hunter to consider ban on coal mining

The Upper Hunter Council will be meeting to debate whether the shire bans coal and gas mining.

According to the ABC, a meeting will be held following the Council’s Development and Environmental Services Committee’s consideration of a ten point plan from the region’s thoroughbred horse breeders.

Part of the plan would be to assess all mining activities on its merits.

One member of the committee, councillor Pam Seccombe, believes that a ban on coal and coal seam gas mining should be considered by the council.

"My personal belief is it is time to have no coal mining, no coal seam gas mining in this shire,” Seecombe told the ABC.

The Hunter Valley Thoroughbred Breeders Association welcomed the debate decision.

The upper Hunter has the majority of New South Wales’ coalmines within its borders.

Image: Beltana’s longwall.

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