The Oakey Coal Action Alliance has claimed victory after the High Court ruled its appeal to the expansion of the New Acland coal mine could be reheard, reports Margaret Gleeson.
New Hope Coal's Acland Stage 3
Regarding the Land Court's 2017 recommendation to refuse the Stage 3 expansion of the New Acland coal mine, Queensland's Court of Appeal decided on September 10 that it does not have the power to consider groundwater quantity impacts when hearing mining objections.
Almost three years after a community group began a campaign opposing New Hope’s plans to expand its New Acland Coal mine in the Darling Downs, the Queensland Land Court re-heard the case for the mine on October 2-4.
Local farmers and community members joined representatives of the Oakey Coal Action Alliance and their legal team from the Environment Defenders Office (EDO) outside the Queensland Land Court on May 31.
They were celebrating a resounding victory in their case against the expansion of the New Acland coalmine in the rich farmlands of the Darling Downs.