Whitehaven accused of muscling in on farmers' water

LOCAL farmers have criticised Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek mine in New South Wales for outbidding them and paying $5450 per megalitre for groundwater in Zone 5 of the Namoi alluvial water sharing plan.

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Whitehaven Coal has been outbidding local farmers for water.

This follows the company's purchase earlier this year of another licence in the same zone for $5100 per ML, and other purchases of water from Zones 4 and 11.