Power companies advance NSW mine

Posted on 21/01/2010  
Preparatory work has started for a new billion-dollar coal mine near Dunedoo in NSW which is being developed by three state-owned power companies. The preliminary environmental assessment for the Cobbora Mine reveals surface and groundwater supplies, air quality and heritage areas are at high risk of being affected if the project is approved. The chairman of the Lachlan Regional Transport Committee, Russell Holden, says it is worrying that initial investigations have found the mine will have a "medium" impact on local road and rail infrastructure. "There's already concerns in Mudgee about what will happen with the effects of coal trains going through the township," he says.

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