Australia Says Bengalla Coal Mine Wins Approval for Extension

Decision allows mine to continue ops. for an additional 24 yrs, Australia’s Department of the Environment says in a statement dated May 27 and posted to its website today.

  • Approval is subject to conditions including provisions around the use of water resources and efforts to protect threatened species: statement
  • Mine is about 4 kilometers west of Muswellbrook in the Upper Hunter Valley of New South Wales-state, statement says
  • NOTE: Wesfarmers has 40% interest in mine, which is managed by Rio Tinto unit Coal & Allied