Gloucester Resource Limited (GRL) proposed to establish an open cut coal mine near the town of Gloucester. Residents of Gloucester generally opposed the project, concerned about the mine’s amenity impacts, visual impacts, social impacts, and potential contribution to climate change. GRL unsuccessfully applied for approval, and appealed to the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales, acting as a consent authority in this case. The court found the project should be refused, the direct and indirect impacts exceeding the benefits of the mine.
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