We are going to court to stop what will be the largest open-cut coal mine in NSW.
The Case At a Glance:
- The NSW Independent Planning Commission (IPC) approved the expansion of the Mount Pleasant open cut coal mine in NSW’s beautiful Hunter Valley, near Muswellbrook.
- This is the largest coal mine approval in NSW since Australia signed onto the Paris Agreement. Yet it’s totally inconsistent with that pledge, particularly when all of its emissions, including Scope 3, are considered.
- A recently discovered rare species of lizard, called the Hunter Valley Delma, is at risk from this massive coal mine expansion.
- Muswellbrook residents already suffer some of the worst levels of air pollution in the country. The dust and pollution from the Mount Pleasant mine put the health of the local community at increased risk.
- EDO lawyers are representing our brave client, the Denman, Aberdeen, Muswellbrook and Scone Healthy Environment Group, to take legal action.
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“The coal industry can’t keep denying responsibility for the impact of the coal it digs up in Australia. It’s cases like this in the Hunter which will determine the future of our climate, and the health and well-being of our communities.”
– Kirsty Ruddock, Managing Lawyer, Environmental Defenders Office
The case to stop Mount Pleasant
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