THE company behind the Rocky Hill Coal Project near Gloucester has played down MidCoast Council’s opposition to the proposed mine, saying it has already addressed many of the council’s concerns.
Gloucester Resources Limited chief operating officer Brian Clifford said MidCoast Council’s submission on the mine raised objections that are regulated by the state environment department and the Environment Protection Authority, and which had already been assessed.
“We have worked diligently over a number of years to understand the impacts to the community and to reduce those impacts,” Mr Clifford said.
“The Environment Protection Authority have set out strict guidelines that we must adhere to and we will constantly monitor all operations in real time to ensure we meet these strict criteria.”
But the main objection raised by MidCoast Council administrator John Turner in handing down the council’s submission this week – the Rocky Hill mine’s proximity to residents – remains, with no change to the mine’s location on the table.
The exhibition of the mine’s environmental impact statement ended Friday.