Controversy over mining application

BANDANNA Energy has formally applied for a Mining Lease Application covering 12,728ha of what could possibly be some of the state's best farming land.

The coal exploration company, which has dreams of production, announced the application for its controversial Springsure Creek project in the Golden Triangle yesterday.

Landholders in the area have been fighting the State Government's decision to allow Bandanna to proceed without being subject to the full extent of soon to be legislated Strategic Cropping Land Policy for months.

The policy was initially promised as protection for the state's best cropping land from mining.

Despite the furore, Bandanna Energy claimed it remained committed to ensuring future mining impacts on agricultural lands were minimised.

But members of the Golden Triangle Action Group believe Bandanna is not at the point where a mining lease is justified.

GTAG's Kate Sullivan said the group had called for an inspection of the site from the state's Mining Registrar, Noel Barker.

"It is our right to have a full inspection before any mining lease is approved," Mrs Sullivan said.

On Monday, Bandanna announced it had purchased its first property in the Golden Triangle, Den-lo Park, which is less than a sixth of the size of the MLA, consisting of just about 2000ha.

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