In a major relief to GVK Hancock’s mining plans in Australia, the Supreme Court of that country has rejected the appeals of anti-mining activists in connection with the Alpha coal project. The Court dismissed an appeal of anti-mining activists against the state of Queensland’s environmental approval for the project.
The Alpha coal mine project was challenged by Conservation group Coast and Country. The group had claimed that the project would adversely affect the groundwater and biodiversity in the region.
“GVK Hancock welcomes today’s Supreme Court judgement rejecting appeals from anti-mining activists to environmental approvals for the Alpha coal project,” the company said in a statement.
“In its ruling, the Supreme Court has rejected an appeal to the previous decision of the Land Court, as well as an appeal to the granting of the environmental authority for our proposed Alpha coal mine,” the company said.
Josh Euler, general manager external affairs said, “The development of the Alpha coal project will create 5,000 jobs during three years of construction and over 2,000 long-term jobs during the 30-odd years of operations. To date, we have invested tens of millions of dollars and thousands of man hours assessing, planning and engaging with communities to reach the point of achieving approvals, which included around 300 collaborative scientific studies, involving over 500 specialist consultants. As we continue advancing our projects to a point where construction can commence we will continue meeting every regulatory requirement that is asked of us”.
The proposed Alpha coal mine will be a full open cut mine producing 32 million tonnes per annum for 30-odd years from a compliant resource of 1.8 bn tonnes, with 1.2 bn tonnes of reserve.