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Sunday, 22 July 2012

Boggabri open-cut coal mine a disgrace - Greens

Greens MP and environment spokeswoman Cate Faehrmannsays approval for the Boggabri coal mine expansion is a disgrace.

"The damage this coal mine will inflict is environmentally irresponsible on so many levels," said Ms Faehrmann. "For the Planning and Assessment Commission approval to pretend the impacts from this mine can be 'offset' and 'mitigated' is preposterous.

"The mine expansion will produce 7 million tonnes of coal per year, raze 1300 hectares of Leard State Forest, including endangered woodland and habitat for threatened species, blight the local community with coal dust pollution and exacerbate carbon pollution.

"The NSW Government had mapped this area as Tier 1 Biodiversity of high conservation significance and now the O'Farrell Government sees fit to open it up to mining. The so-called offsets can not possibly compensate for destroying 1300 hectares of intact forest and the biodiversity within, which will be lost forever," said Ms Faehrmann.

"This mine is one of three pending that will carve up the Leard State Forest.  Approval for this one in the absence of any strategic plan makes a mockery of the O'Farrell Governments promises for stronger strategic land use planning processes.

"The Planning and Assessment Commission offers the local community little protection from the health hazards of PM2.5 coal dust pollution except an excuse that there are no national standards in place and requiring only that it be monitored.

"This approval once again puts big business interests ahead of the community's health and environmental protection," concluded Ms Faehrmann.

Media contact: Nicola Beynon 0416 843 131

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