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Poland Blocks Bogdanka Expansion as Prairie Looks for Coal

Poland rejected a request by Lubelski Wegiel Bogdanka SA, the country’s second-largest publicly traded coal producer, to expand mining operations, blocking its plan to double reserves of the fuel.

The Environment Ministry, which in 2012 granted Australia’s Prairie Mining Ltd. permit to explore fields adjacent to Bogdanka’s sites, said today that accepting the Polish producer’s bid could put the country at risk of breaching of an investment protection agreement with Australia.