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South32 takes Dendrobium fight to Land and Environment Court | Illawarra Mercury

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Illawarra miner South32 has launched a fightback after its proposed Dendrobium mine expansion was knocked back. In February, the Independent Planning Commission rejected the miner’s plans to extend the life of Dendrobium to 2048 and extract an additional 78 million tonnes of coal from two new areas near Avon and Cordeaux dams. The IPC felt the risks to the water catchment from the expansion of the Kembla Heights mine were too great. “After careful examination of all the evidence and weighing all relevant considerations, the commission has found that the longwall mine design put forward by South32 does not achieve a balance between maximising the recovery of a coal resource of state significance and managing,…



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