Amended environmental authority for New Acland Coal Mine Stage Three Expansion Project refused
14 February 2018
The Department of Environment and Science (DES) today refused the application for an amended environmental authority (EA) to allow for the Stage Three Expansion of the New Acland Coal Mine, north-west of Toowoomba.
This decision has been made based on the information that was provided by the proponent.
As the administering authority, DES holds an independent regulatory role, and is the sole decision-maker in relation to EA applications.
Under the Environmental Protection Act 1994, DES was required to make a final decision on the New Hope Group’s EA amendment application for the proposed New Acland Mine Stage Three Expansion Project by 14 February 2018.
The applicant and parties to the Land Court objections hearing have been advised of the decision.
The decision to refuse the application is in line with the recommendation of the Land Court which was handed down in May 2017. This followed 99 days of expert and lay witness testimony regarding the potential impacts of the project.
As the decision to refuse the EA amendment application for the New Acland Coal Mine may be subject to legal action, DES is unable to provide any further information in relation to the matter.