ENVIRONMENT

Court fails to place injunction on Vickery extension approval

THE Federal Court has stopped short of preventing federal environment minister Sussan Ley from approving Whitehaven Coal’s $607 million Vickery mine extension project in New South Wales under a court action brought by eight teenage students.

Whitehaven is seeking consent to increase the approved Vickery coal project to operate an up to 10 million tonnes per annum open cut metallurgical and thermal coal mine.

Whitehaven is seeking consent to increase the approved Vickery coal project to operate an up to 10 million tonnes per annum open cut metallurgical and thermal coal mine.

However, Justice Mordecai Bromberg has ordered parties to come together to find a way forward. In Sharma and others v Minister for the Environment the court accepted evidence brought by independent...

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