NSW Minerals Council Demands Retrograde Planning Law

The NSW Minerals Council is pushing the state Coalition government to clamp down on planning authorities taking into account downstream emissions from mining proposals.

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Territorial Limits) Bill 2019 is currently being considered by a Legislative Council parliamentary inquiry. It seeks to limit planning authorities’ consideration of a resource project’s impact on the climate, as well as its ability to contemplate any international agreements federal and state governments have signed up to (such as the Paris Agreement).

The push comes after the NSW Independent Planning Commission (IPC) and NSW Land and Environment Court decided last year to partially or completely block three coal projects from going ahead: the Rocky Hill coal mine, near Gloucester; the United Wambo coal project, near Singleton; and a new thermal coal mine in the Bylong Valley.

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