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NSW state government needs to reject Korean Coal’s longwall coalmining proposal, which could destroy water table in Wyong River area, says Federal MP

Posted by waterweek on 8 October 2007

Issues affecting the area of Dobell on the Central Coast related to the failure of state Labor governments, and in particular their planning, Liberal Party MP for Dobell Ken Ticehurst said in the Commonwealth House of Representatives on 20 September 2007.Longwall mine could destroy water table: “In relation to Central Coast water, we have secured $80.3 million to provide the missing link,” said Ticehurst. “But to make this project a viable option it needs the state Labor government to approve the water-sharing agreement for the water coming out of the valleys down into the Wyong River. They need to approve the environmental concerns. The state government needs to reject the longwall coalmining proposal by Korean Coal. Korean Coal are looking at putting a longwall mine under the Wyong River, which has the potential in four areas to cause a problem with the water coming down into this catchment. Potentially, they could destroy the water table, and 50 per cent of the water for the Central Coast comes down over these valleys.”

Blue Haven coal loader a pollution factor: “The state government also needs to reject the coal loader that is proposed to be built at Blue Haven,” said Ticehurst. “The longwall coalmining under the valleys causes the water issue, and in Blue Haven, just up at the top of Dobell, we have all sorts of issues with noise, pollution and dust. And they want to put a rail loader there to take this coal off to Newcastle.”

Reference: Ken Ticehurst, Member for Dobell, Liberal Party of Australia, House of Representatives, Commonwealth, 20 September 2007.

Erisk Net, 7/10/2007

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