The Department of Planning and Environment is releasing Hume Coal’s Environmental Impact Statement for public exhibition this Friday, March 31 after a 6 year period of exploration. The EIS is for a proposed underground coal mine in Sutton Forest in the Southern Highlands. The EIS will crystallise serious local concerns about the project in what has been seen as a brutal battle in and out of the courts by local landowners against Hume Coal. Hume Coal is a 100% owned subsidiary of South Korean steel company POSCO.
"We’ve been waiting for over 6 years now for Hume to table it’s EIS and we’re ready to go” Peter Martin said. “There are so many fundamental issues with this project which is in a tourism, retirement and agricultural mecca. It’s one of the oldest and most beautiful parts of NSW. The project will negatively affect a large number of landowners, townspeople and businesses.”
“The project would be the first new mine in the Sydney Water Catchment for over 30 years. The destruction of our vital water resources by coal mining has been clearly demonstrated. Coal mining is yesterday’s industry and preserving our water is becoming more vital every year.”
The general public will have 60 days to make submissions. Coal Free Southern Highlands (CFSH) has received special dispensation from Planning Minister Anthony Roberts for a 90 day submission period due to the significant amount of experts’ evidence being mobilised in opposition to the proposal.
CFSH will be holding public meetings in the Southern Highlands (timing to be advised) to explain the project plans in more detail and the issues of concern to the community.
Coal Free Southern Highlands Inc
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