GLOUCESTER Shire Council has submitted a comprehensive response to the Rocky Hill coal project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) objecting to the mine.
Council’s Rocky Hill Working Group compiled a 240-page document addressing the EIS that was adopted at an extraordinary meeting last Wednesday.
Council outlined several major reasons for its objection to the mine.
The objections included significant concerns over the location of the mine on land identified by council for environmental conservation purposes as well as impacts to other local businesses and industries and people living in and around Gloucester.
Objections were also raised by council from an economic perspective.
Council employed consultants Economists at Large to provide an analysis of the EIS which indicated the mine “seemed to be unviable under current conditions with a negative present value of $10.8 million”.
The analysis also identified a net increase of up to 30 jobs for Gloucester residents - mine developers GRL have estimated the mine will create up to 150 fulltime jobs.
Council’s response is one of more than 1000 submitted to the Department of Planning as part of the public submissions process for the Rocky Hill EIS.
Public submissions closed on Monday.
- UP to 40 community groups in the Hunter, Central Coast and Manning regions have banded together to defend Gloucester from coal seam gas and the proposed Rocky Hill mine.
The groups, under the umbrella of the Hunter Central Rivers Alliance, made the commitment at a meeting in Gloucester last week.
AGL has an application before the NSW government to begin hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, four wells at Forbesdale.
There is no public consultation on AGL’s proposed fracking project.
The application was lodged with the NSW Office of Coal Seam Gas in September and a decision is expected in November.