The Anvil Hill Coal Mine
is proposed for the upper Hunter Valley in New South Wales
. There is strong support for and against the coal mine within the Hunter Valley and other areas.Supporters state that the local communities exist because of mining historically attracting workers to the area and that a new mine will lead to further employment in the local area along with state wide economic benefit.Environmental activists have utilised arguments against removing current landholders, potential loss of flora and fauna diversity and climate change
to argue against the mines approval.
The coal mine will be managed by Centennial Coal with Mines operator expected to be Thiess
. The mine will provide coal mostly for the production of electricity. It currently has contracts for providing coal to Bayswater / Liddell power stations in the Upper Hunter for 12 years, commencing in 2008.
The proposed mine EA (environmental assessment) was provided to the Department of Planning in June 2006.On the 7th of June the NSW Planning Minister Frank Sartor
approved the proposed mine, stating that not going ahead with the mine would make no overall difference to climate change and thus would slow down the economy of New South Wales without good reason. Additionally many local landowners where happy to accept Centennial Coals purchase offer, and further environmental surveys showed species were found in greater abundance, further afield, than protestors had stated was the case.
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