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NSW farmers worry Vickery expansion poses major water, land risks

Green Left:

Farmers say Whitehaven Coal’s push to expand operations at Vickery in the Gunnedah Basin of New South Wales poses serious risks to water resources and agricultural land.

The coal corporation’s application to expand its Vickery operation between Gunnedah and Boggabri in north-west NSW was recommended for approval in May. It is now with the Independent Planning Commission (IPC).

Lock the Gate Alliance spokesperson Georgina Woods said the department made the wrong decision given that the proposal is for a mine in one of Australia’s most productive agricultural area in the Liverpool Plains. The IPC held public hearings on July 2 and 3, with written submissions accepted until July 10.

Simon Nicholas from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis said the fact that Whitehaven Coal has said it will not give a financial commitment to the mine until 2021 “tells a story of an industry in decline”. “It’s not a great time to be expanding or even opening a coal mine,” he said.

 [Margaret Gleeson]

More: Farmers oppose Vickery coal mine expansion in the Liverpool Plains

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