Court battle over New Acland expansion enters final day

THE final day of the drawn-out Land Court case that will help decide the future of the New Acland Coal Mine will sit today.

Written statements from both New Acland Coal and groups and farmers against the mine will be presented to Member Paul Smith in Brisbane as the case wraps up.

Mr Smith's judgement, which is not expected today, will then determine whether mine owner New Hope's application to expand the mine should be allowed, based on its potential impacts on groundwater and other environmental concerns.

The Land Court's recommendation will be handed down in the weeks ahead, but the final decision rests with the Palaszczuk Government and Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynham.

Mr Smith had previously lashed New Acland Coal during the court battle, after the mining giant submitted favourable reports in February on the environmental impacts of Stage 3 long after the required deadline.

The final hearing is expected to start from 1pm.

Topics:  lock the gate new acland coal mine new hope oakey toowoomba

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