Alpha Coal Test Pit (01666) Image by Patrick Hamilton. Photo: contributed
Alpha Coal Test Pit (01666) Image by Patrick Hamilton. Photo: contributed Patrick Hamilton.

Galilee grinds to a halt through Green group court battles

MINING giant GVK is back in court over the Alpha Coal Project, battling not the owners of the land but green groups.

Alpha grazier Sean Dillon said the real losers in this situation were landholders.

"It's more frustrating for landholders because the miners haven't yet really invested much in it - they're there waiting to go," he said.

"They'll say they've invested millions, but that's a tiny percentage of the billions that they will spend.

"Whichever way it goes, landholders are the ones with everything invested in this, not just a percentage of their company.

"They have their families, their livelihoods, the whole thing with absolutely no clarity - and it's being strung out and strung out."

GVK general manager of external affairs Josh Euler said the environmentalists' primary objective could not be achieved through the courts.

"Delaying or seeking to stop the development of the Galilee Basin will not change global demand for thermal coal, it will only push developments and benefits offshore to other countries," Mr Euler said.

But a spokesman for Coast and Country said the group was challenging on the basis of the mine's "severe impacts on groundwater and the climate".

"The 2014 Land Court decision, which recognised the significant groundwater issues with the mine, was a landmark win, but we will argue in the Supreme Court that climate change grounds were not appropriately addressed under the law," Derec Davies said.

"It is clear the Land Court member did not consider the environmental harm from the transport and use of coal that would be produced by the mine."


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