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Offsetting Environmental Impacts to Facilitate Mining
Sarah Fish, David Snashall, James Steater
Increasing pressures on land, the environment and society from economic development have often resulted in conflicting and competing demands that are not always sustainable. Rio Tinto Coal Australia (RTCA) faced such a challenge to its proposed new open cut extension at the Warkworth Coal Mine in the Upper Hunter Valley of NSW. The existing mine was planned to intersect its approved boundaries in April 2003, and the extension was required to allow it to extend the continuity of its operation and increase unprocessed coal output up to 18 million tonnes per annum. Without approval, the mine was facing wind down and closure of operations. Environmental impact assessments conducted in the mine extension area identified sensitive ecological issues including the presence of threatened species listed under both the State Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 and the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 2000, regionally significant corridors for affected species of birds and bats and dispersal and colonisation habitat for sedentary species.
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