Bulga appeals expansion of Warkworth mine

Issue 
The protests to save Bulga and stop the coal mine's expansion are continuing.

The residents of the tiny Hunter Valley village of Bulga have applied to have the Planning Assessment Commission's (PAC) approval of a Rio Tinto coalmine expansion declared invalid due to a legal error.

The Environmental Defenders Office's chief executive officer Sue Higginson, who is running the case, said: "This is an appeal not based on the merit of whether this mine should go ahead or not, but based on whether the PAC has applied the law as it applies to mining projects in high biodiversity areas."

The residents of the tiny Hunter Valley village of Bulga have applied to have the Planning Assessment Commission's (PAC) approval of a Rio Tinto coalmine expansion declared invalid due to a legal error.

The Environmental Defenders Office's chief executive officer Sue Higginson, who is running the case, said: "This is an appeal not based on the merit of whether this mine should go ahead or not, but based on whether the PAC has applied the law as it applies to mining projects in high biodiversity areas."

The residents of the tiny Hunter Valley village of Bulga have applied to have the Planning Assessment Commission's (PAC) approval of a Rio Tinto coalmine expansion declared invalid due to a legal error.

The Environmental Defenders Office's chief executive officer Sue Higginson, who is running the case, said: "This is an appeal not based on the merit of whether this mine should go ahead or not, but based on whether the PAC has applied the law as it applies to mining projects in high biodiversity areas."

The PAC approved an expansion and 21-year extension of the Mount Thorley Warkworth mine in November. Residents have fought for six years to stop the mine's expansion, fearing it would destroy the village.

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