The proposed open-cut Colton coal mine is facing a legal challenge in the Queensland Land Court in Brisbane.
Community group Aldershot and District Against Mining has objected to the mine based on dust and noise concerns as well as Colton’s proposal to discharge water into the Mary River.
But Colton lawyer Damien O’Brien told the court the proposed water discharge was not involved in the mining process and was “chemically benign”.
Mr O’Brien said the discharge could help offset water released from an upstream sewage treatment plant.
“It’s actually of a cleaner standard than the water in the Mary River,” Mr O’Brien said.
He said the water was runoff collected from the mine and stored in a different dam than any water used in the mining process.
Mr O’Brien said experts from Colton and ADAM agreed on noise and dust restrictions – except for the possibility of real-time noise monitoring.
The hearing is expected to finish later this week.
EARLIER: Controversial New Hope Coal project dragged into court
A PROPOSED Fraser Coast coal mine will be the focal point of a Brisbane court hearing today.
The Land Court this morning will start hearing arguments in the legal challenge against the proposed Colton open-cut coal mine near Maryborough.
Aldershot and District Against Mining Group will argue the New Hope Coal project could put the Great Sandy Strait at risk if it is allowed to go ahead with plans to discharge untreated waste water from the mine into the Mary River.
The group will argue drinking water could be tainted, there will be excess noise from the mine and coal dust could also be a major issue for the residents of Aldershot.
The proposed mine is about 2km outside the village.