The time to act is NOW!
We rejoiced when AGL announced that they were giving up on coal seam gas. Now the mainly foreign-owned Gloucester Resources Limited has returned to try to start a new coal mine called “Rocky Hill” at Forbesdale.
There are two approved coal mines owned by Yancoal in the valley; Duralie which is active and Stratford which has approval to expand but is not active now. The coal mined at Duralie is processed at Stratford.
An EIS for Rocky Hill was first exhibited in 2013 but put on hold in 2015 without being decided.
Now GRL want to try again, this time using the existing Stratford plant and railhead, under contract with Yancoal, instead of building their own. The new EIS is now on exhibition. For more information click here.
If approved it will extend coal mining in the valley for decades.
Schools and hundreds of homes are within the 5km health danger zone of the project’s first stage. Future expansion could be as close as 1km from the built up area of Gloucester.
The source of health and environmental problems will be closer to people and the risks will last longer than the Stratford mine.
In a world of oversupply and industry decline due to energy competition why should another coal mine be imposed on the rural community of Gloucester?
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