Mangoola coal subject to further noise monitoring

Residents near the Mangoola coal mine are relieved their complaints about noise from the Mangoola Mine have finally been heard.

After more than three years of complaints from Peter Brown, his wife, and mother at a separate property, the Environmental Protection Authority have conceded there were methodological issues in the preceeding five mine commissioned reports, Newcastle Herald reported.

An independent review of the reports commissioned by Brown showed monitoring must include a low-frequency bandwidth, the source of his frustration.

Problems began when the Mangoola mine moved their processing plant one kilometre closer to the homes in 2011 after an unpublicised Department of Planning decision.

Mangoola was granted permission to increase its extraction rate in April last year after its own noise reports showed noise levels were “not as severe as expected”.

Brown said the homes are located between three mines, which gave companies the opportunity to blame each other.

In July last year Mangoola owner Glencore refused to take noise complaints from the Browns after they reportedly called an employee a “bastard” and an “idiot” during two separate phone calls over 10 months.

Mangoola is located approximately 20 kilometres west of Muswellbrook.

Image: Newcastle Herald

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