LANDOWNERS on the Darling Downs say they have been ignored and let down by the state government over a potential mine expansion.
Oakey beef producer and veterinarian Dr Nicki Laws said the government had reneged on an election promise to not allow New Hope to expand its New Acland mine.
“This project is so bad it is a litmus test for the democratic process and fair government process,” she said.
Last week submissions closed to the EIS, which revealed up to 8.9GL – or nine billion litres – of water would be used each year for the next 15 years.
“We are utterly appalled that the same week the submission closed is the same week 80 per cent of the state is drought declared and people are shooting their cattle,” Dr Laws said.
“They can’t even water their stock yet this company might get an obscene amount of water to wash coal and dampen its roads.” See Qld Country Life – No hope for New Acland: landholders