NuCoal to defend Doyles Creek action

A HUNTER Valley farmer will attempt to put a halt to NuCoal Resources’ proposed Doyles Creek longwall mine by taking the company to the New South Wales Land and Environment Court following a string of failed discussions.
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NuCoal managing director Glen Lewis

Lauren Barrett

Ian Moore, along with Robyn Moore, have a property on NuCoal’s Doyles Creek exploration licence area, EL7270, which has been approved by the state government for exploration activity.

But the Moores have put up a defiant stance against NuCoal’s plans to conduct exploration drilling on their land in Jerry’s Plains.

The dispute will now be settled by the NSW Land and Environment Court, with the first hearing scheduled for November 29.

Nucoal managing director Glen Lewis told ILN the company had consulted with the farmer since mid-2010 and had been to two arbitration hearings, which both found there were no reasonable grounds to prevent exploration access.

“Ian has elected to take NuCoal to the Land and Environment court as he doesn't wish to abide by the arbitrated outcome,” Lewis said.

“While it is disappointing that the Moores have taken this approach, we will continue to try and reach a suitable outcome for all stakeholders.”

Lewis said the planned low-level drilling program proposed on the Moore’s property would have no impact on the Moore’s business or the surrounding environment.

“The rig has a very small footprint of approximately 60 square metred so we do not believe it would be an issue,” Lewis said.

“Also, it remains in place for approximately four weeks at each hole so it shouldn't be an issue.”

Ian Moore, who is legally blind, told the Newcastle Herald he was concerned about possible subsidence from the longwall mining.

He also said he would ask the court to take into consideration his vision impairment.

To date, NuCoal has successfully negotiated land access agreements with 26 local landowners situated in the exploration area.

NuCoal said it had completed a total of 38 drill holes across the exploration licence area and had not encountered any adverse effects.

The Doyles Creek project has 500 million tonnes of resource and is expected to have a 30-year mine life.

It will also house the first coal-centric underground mine training school to address the skills shortage in the underground sector.

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