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Hunter Valley coal mine expansion blocked by Land and Environment court

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Plans to expand a Hunter Valley coal mine have been rejected by the NSW Land and Environment court due to concerns of animal and plant welfare as well as dust and noise levels.

The project was originally approved last year according ABC Rural but was later challenged by the Bulga Progress Association.

John Krey, vice-president of the Bulga group said the expansion would have devastated the entire township and claimed that the decision to withdrawal the approval was a win for the people of Bulga.

“That expansion would bring it within 2.6 kilometers of us at Bulga, which in effect would have destroyed the village with noise and dust,” he said.

The company behind the extension, Coal & Allied claimed that the project would have provided ongoing employment for workers and created an additional 150 jobs during the life of the mine.

Bulga is home to a number of orchards, vineyards, wineries and olive groves.

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