Legal threats over Wyong mine

A long running battle over a proposed underground coal mine on the NSW Central Coast has reignited with residents threatening to take legal action.

The Wallarah 2 Coal project is a contentious underground mine located in the Wyong area.

For a number of years the mine, and its Korean backers KoRes, have seen serious opposition to the proposed project.

Two hundred people turned out to a community meeting on the coast last night, where Premier Barry O’Farrell was questioned over the future of the mine, the ABC reported

The mine first sought approvals from the state government in 2011 but was rejected due to a number of 'unresolved concerns' regarding its impact on the water catchment, subsidence, and ecological impacts.

In opposition, O’Farrell guaranteed that no such mine would be considered.

Coal Alliance spokesman, Allan Hayes called on the Premier to stand by his promise.

"Or an actual prima facie case exists for action under those promises," Hayes said.

However, O’Farrell played down the issues.

"So what we said is we wouldn't allow water catchments to be threatened and we don't intend to have any water catchments threatened," he told the meeting.

Speaking to Australian Mining last year, Wallarah's general manager Kerry Heywood said that concerns over its impact on water were misplaced.

"Public concern has been on our effect on the water catchment, but the project and planning commission said in its report that there will be a minimal impact to the region's water, but opponents to the mine keep saying it will have a devastating impact.

"This isn't the case – we don't operate under water, our operations are only under a very small area of the catchment and won't have a serious impact on the water supply.

Coal Alliance stated previously that "no matter what the company says or does it is clear that there will be an impact and they can't escape from that".

The Environmental Impact Statement for the mine is due to be released next month.

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