In a court case that could change mining and environmental disagreements forever, an environmental group will today begin its fight against mining giant Xstrata.
Friends of the Earth is taking the mining giant to court to argue against its proposed coal mine in Queensland.
The group wants the proposed project, which would be the biggest mine in the southern hemisphere, rejected.
The mine would be about the size of England and the environmentalists claim the environmental impact would be devastating.
It is the first court case in Australia that calls for a complete refusal of a coal mine based on climate change.
“If not rejected, Xstrata will be given the green light to build the biggest mine in the southern hemisphere,” Friends of the Earth spokesman Dr Bradley Smith told the Toowoomba Chronicle.