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Australia Pacific Coal lodging appeal against Dartbrook decision

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Australian Pacific Coal (AQC) announced to the stock exchange this week that they will be lodging an appeal against the decision on Dartbrook mine. 

The mothballed Dartbrook mine was given the green light by the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) on August 9 this year, but the IPC only approved the mine to open for five years to 2022 rather than the 2027 date the company was seeking. 

The mine had been in care and maintenance since 2006, and AQC had been working to reopen the mine using an underground bord-and-pillar method.

That decision came despite very strong opposition to the project particularity from Upper Hunter Shire Council and locals.

Now the AQC Board has resolved to lodge an appeal against the determination on their Modification 7 Submission. 

"The appeal will seek to have the decision amended, within the current NSW guidelines for coal mining projects, to permit restart of the mining operations and to provide a reasonable time frame for the mining to facilitate the necessary capital costs which will be incurred."

"The Board continues to consider whether, in addition to appealing against the Mod 7 determination, a further modification application (Mod 8) will be lodged to seek further flexibility in relation to the manner in which the Dartbrook Underground Coal Mine can be restarted and operated."

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