Acland Coal Mine Back on the Agenda

The controversial Acland coal mine has had a win in the Supreme Court, re-invigorating the projects’ prospects of proceeding.

The court today has set aside a recommendation from the Land Court to scrap the $900 million expansion project.

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Justice Helen Bowskill referred the matter back to the Land Court for further consideration saying the issues to be referred back related to groundwater, noise and inter-generational equity.

Opponents to the mine had claimed the project would deplete groundwater making their farms unviable.

The planned project will generate 900 jobs.

This referral makes Acland one of the longest-running cases dealt with by the court.