PAC savages proposal to mine Bylong Valley

Activists have called on the NSW government to cancel the exploration licence for the proposed KEPCO coalmine in the Bylong Valley after the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) Review Report slammed the project for putting at risk prime agricultural land, precious water resources, heritage values and the community.

The PAC found uncertainty and incomplete information about the risks and benefits of the project. It concluded that “substantial doubt persists about the potential benefits and impacts of the Bylong Coal Project” and approval of the mine would “constitute a profound and substantial transformation of the valley’s social, economic, heritage and landscape values.”

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