Queensland coal mine secures environmental approval

Securing environmental approval this month, the proposed Drake Coal project in Queensland’s Bowen Basin is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Owned by QCoal Group, the open cut Drake mine is expected to produce up to six million tonnes of coal per year over 30 years.

Located about 17 kilometres south of Collinsville, the project is expected to generate about 350 construction jobs and up to 480 operational jobs.

The Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection issued the final Environmental Authority for the project on January 16.

A department spokesperson said the EA includes strict environmental conditions around the management and monitoring of surface water and groundwater quality, air, noise and waste and the rehabilitation of mined areas.

QCoal must now acquire a mining licence before production works can begin. 

Its mining licence application is currently being considered by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

A decision is yet to be made.

QCoal was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.

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