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Australia Snubs Court’s Climate Order to Approve Coal Project

  • Whitehaven Coal’s $440 million Vickery project gets go ahead
  • Group including a nun, teenagers opposed the project in court
Coal Operations in NSW as Australia's Government Seeks Commitment fort Power Generation
Photographer: David Gray/Bloomberg

Australia has approved a controversial coal expansion project, which had been subject to a court order demanding the government consider its impact on climate change. 

Environment Minister Sussan Ley has given environmental consent for Whitehaven Coal Ltd. to proceed with a A$600 million ($440 million) plan to extend open cut mining at its Vickery operation in New South Wales, which will more than double annual extraction to 10 million tons. Approval is subject to conditions relating to the protection of water resources and native species.