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Lester v. Minister for Planning and Infrastructure
Asia and the Pacific
Data source:
Sabin Center
Court name:
Land and Environment Court
Seat of court:
New South Wales
Reference number:
[2011] NSWLEC 213 (Australia)
Applicant challenged the Planning Assessment Commission’s approval of a coal mining project on a number of grounds under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. The applicant alleged that the Commission’s decision was unreasonable because it was based on erroneous calculations of greenhouse gas emissions submitted in the application. Finding that the application had no merit, the court dismissed the application and ordered the applicant to pay the respondents' costs.

Key environmental legal questions:

Challenge coal mining project
Suits against governments; Natural resource extraction; Environmental assessment and permitting