Water from Colton Mine will “improve Mary River” says New Hope Coal

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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.

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Henry Sapiecha

 

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.

GAS EXPLORATION PERMIT GRANTED FOR THE FRASER COAST REGION

HUGE GAS RESERVES BELIEVED TO BE IN THE FRASER COAST

BLUE Energy and joint venture partner Beach Energy will start the exploration process for commercial quantities of gas in the Fraser Coast region after being granted two more exploration tenements in the Maryborough Basin.

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The new permits extend the group’s prospective area from around Maryborough, Hervey Bay and Burrum Heads towards Bundaberg centralizing in the old coal mining areas of Torbanlea & Howard

Blue Energy managing director John Phillips said the companies believed the Maryborough Basin was prospective for natural gas and the grant of the two permits would initiate the exploration process in search of commercial quantities of gas.

He said prior to any on-ground activity – seismic acquisition or drilling, the company would conduct the required environmental surveys and consult with relevant stakeholders who might be impacted by early exploration activities.

“The importance of confirming a commercial gas resource in the Maryborough Basin cannot be overstated,” Mr Phillips said.

“Significant gas discovered in this region could provide a viable alternate supply of energy for the Maryborough region and also supply natural gas for the south-east Queensland region, including Brisbane.

“This would then reduce the pressure on existing domestic gas supplies whilst also offering the potential to supply the export market.

“The economic input to the local economy could also be substantial.”

He said previous exploration had identified the gas potential of the basin with gas flows recorded from some of the early wells.

“Importantly, there are several different potential types of gas resources that may be confirmed by the exploration process undertaken by the joint venture,” Mr Phillips said.

“These different exploration plays include gas that may be reservoired in sandstones, or in shales or coals.”
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