Gina Rinehart coal mine given short shrift by Queensland land court

Massive coal mine should be rejected completely or at least restricted to safeguard water, court rules

A massive coal mine part-owned by Gina Rinehart should either be halted completely or subjected to restrictions to better safeguard nearby residents water supply, the Queensland land court has ruled.

The land courts presiding member, Paul Smith, said the Queensland government should either reject the Alpha coal mine or allow it to proceed as long as make-good agreements are struck with local landholders and that all concerns pursuant to the precautionary principle are resolved over water use.

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