Muswellbrook Council against Mangoola mine modifications

The Muswellbrook Council has opposed a plan by mining giant Xstrata to modify its Mangoola mine in the Hunter Valley.

The Shire will cite significant increases in coal production and the impacts of additional mine traffic on Wybong Road for its disapproval of the mine in its report for New South Wales Planning, according to the ABC.

Xstrata said construction of Mangoola mine is 70 per cent complete and the project is running ahead of schedule.

The Shire cannot accept the negative health impacts the mine will bring, according to Mayor Martin Rush.

“Particularly around the area of health services, negative impact on child care services and education services more generally,” he said.

“And offers by way of mitigation of lifestyle benefits to the community, well frankly, Council is of the view that human health is a question of zero tolerance then it comes to negative impacts.

“They can’t be bought out as it were.”

The company announced in its 2010 annual results that mining commenced last month at the nearby Anvil Hill site, following considerable opposition from community groups.

The open cut coal handling and processing plant’s commission is expected in the first half of 2011.

Image: The Newcastle Herald

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