Experts to analyse Anvil Hill ramifications

A BRIEFING will be held in March to analyse the implications of last year’s landmark decision by the NSW Land and Environment Court that Anvil Hill developer Centennial Coal had failed to adequately assess the climate change impacts of the mine in its environmental impact assessment.
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Anvil Hill is shaping up to be the iconic coal mine fight in the Hunter

Angie Tomlinson

To be held in Sydney on March 16, the Informa briefing will cover the Anvil Hill case and explore the implications and possible future developments facing future mining and industry projects.

Speakers will include Blake Dawson Waldron partner Mark Brennan, URS associate environmental scientist Dr Fred Turatti, Parsons Brinckerhoff communications consultant Mary Diab, and Allens Arthur Robinson partner Matthew Skinner.

On November 27 last year a climate change campaigner challenged the environmental assessment for the Hunter Valley mine. While he was unsuccessful in most parts, with the judge ruling the current approval process for the mine will remain on track, the court found the State Government must take climate change into account when considering the approval of new coal mines.

“It's brought into perspective the nature of the amended Environmental Planning Assessment Act so it will have many ramifications much beyond the Anvil Hill mine proposal," environmentalist Peter Gray, who commenced proceedings in September 2006, told ABC Online at the time.

The proposed Anvil Hill opencut mine will produce up to 10.5 million tonnes of thermal coal per annum for 21 years.

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