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Queensland government offers conditional approval for China Stone coal mine

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MacMines AustAsia has received conditional approval from the Queensland government for the company’s proposed AUS$6.7 billion China Stone coal mine in the Galilee Basin (Queensland).

It is predicted that the opencast underground thermal coal mine will produce up to 38 million tpy at peak production. Coal produced will be exported to Asian markets, mainly China.

In an environmental impact statement, the state’s Coordinator-General Barry Broe approved the project on the basis that action was taken to mitigate impacts on the environment and local communities.

Broe said: “I conclude that there are significant local, regional and state benefits to be derived from the China Stone coal project, and that environmental impacts can be acceptably managed, minimised or offset, through the implementation of the measures and proponent commitments outlined in the EIS.”

The proposed project is expected to create 3900 jobs during the five year construction phase.

The project will involve the construction of a coal handling and preparation plant, a tailings storage facility, a rail loop and train loading facility as well as a coal-fired power plant.

Australian Conservation Foundation CEO Kelly O'Shanassy said the approval was "reckless".

"The environment groups will not sit by and allow governments and corporations to build these coal mines which will threaten life on Earth because they fuel global warming" she commented.

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