Open Cut Mine Rejection In the Bylong Valley Goes to Court

posted Apr 30, 2020, 1:56 PM by 2MG Real FM
A legal application by the Bylong Valley Protection Alliance to become a full party in the court case to defend the planning decision rejecting an open cut coal mine in the Bylong Valley has been successful.

In a statement, The community group say they will now be able to challenge the coal company KEPCO’s evidence in court, with KEPCO appealing last year’s ruling by the Independent Planning Commission to refuse a new open cut coal mine.

The IPC has declined to take an active role in defending its decision.

CEO of the environmental defenders office, who will represent the alliance David Morris has welcomed the court decision to admit the community group as a full party in court, saying they are very pleased that they’ve been successful.

He goes on to say that it’s vitally important that the local community, who would bear the brunt of the impacts if the mine goes ahead, have a full voice in court.

The original ruling made by the IPC in September last year found the risks posed by KEPCO’s proposed coal mine to water, land, and future generations through its contribution to climate change were too great.

The case will be heard in the Land and Environment Court from 24 to 27 August 2020.