Threat to Capertee Valley

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Subject: Threat to Capertee Valley
From: "Denis Wilson" <>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2008 12:00:42 +1100
COG members with an interest in Capertee Valley please take note.
A new Longwall Mine has just been launched in the Capertee Valley area.
These underground coal mines, while no-where near as damaging to the environment as open cut mines, still have potential to damage the surface environment, through impact on aquifers and rivers, and through resultant drying of the environment (leading to increased fire risk), and pollution of waterways.
There are some people in the Mudgee and Lithgow areas trying to fight these mines, from the point of view of the local residents. They probably do not have much of an informed environmentalist perspective - eg, impacts on threatened species, etc.
If anyone is interested in following this up, I can help put you in contact with local anti-coal mining campaigners. I do not live there, but I do know some of the relevant persons. 
Denis Wilson

The following is an extract from the Lithgow Mercury. It is a typical mining company press release, promising jobs, etc
Airly coal mine gets go ahead
Lithgow Mercury
16/10/2008 7:54:00 AM 

After completing an internal feasibility assessment Centennial Coal has decided to proceed with the $100 million Airly project, Centennial Coal's General Manager of Projects, Richard Tacon has announced. 
Airly is a project acquired by Centennial Coal in 1997 with a 1993 Consent and will be for the export market. 

It is an 80 million tonne resource located approximately 4 km north east of the Capertee village and 4km from Lithgow on the Castlereagh Highway in the Western Coalfields.  With an expected lifespan of around 20 years, the infrastructure costs will exceed $100 million.

When in full production there will be 127 people employed at Airly, however the multiplier used to calculate the number of indirect jobs generated by the mining industry by each direct job is 4.5 therefore Airly will support a further 571 jobs.

As all of centennial's mines have at least 10 years of coal reserves left, this will be a new mine, and no replacement for any existing pits on the Western Coalfields.

"Centennial is committed to actively engaging with the local community, developing strategies which will maximise the project's economic benefits to the local community, placing an utmost priority on minimising environmental impacts, and strictly complying with the appropriate planning laws," Mr Tacon said. 
Airly is an underground mining operation with a mine life of 20 years, producing up to 1.8 million tonnes per annum using continuous miners for coal extraction. 
"Design works are progressing well on the major surface infrastructure required to support the mine with construction scheduled to commence early in 2009,"

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