EDO Qld are representing Coast and Country Association of Queensland Inc (CCAQ) in their objection against the approval of the Kevin’s Corner coal mine project in the Galilee Basin in north-west Queensland.
The mine will be one of the largest in Australia and will be situated in the Galilee Basin in the catchment of the Burdekin River which flows into wetlands and the Great Barrier Reef. It involves estimated thermal coal resources of 4.269 billion tonnes, affecting 37,380 hectares of land, of which 632 hectares is high ecological value habitat which may be impacted by subsidence.
The Kevin’s Corner open cut and underground coal mine, adjacent Alpha coal mine, is owned by Hancock Galilee Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the GVK Group. The mine would run for 40 years with an annual extraction rate of approximately 45 million tonnes of run-of-mine coal.
CCAQ argue that the application is not supported by sufficient, adequate or accurate information to conclude that the mining project will not have an unacceptable adverse environmental impact upon the quality and quantity of groundwater.
The case is listed for review on 6 February 2015 and is expected to go to hearing in March – April 2015.