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Sunday, November 08, 2009

Will Coalworks proceed with Hodgson Vale coal mine ...

21 October 2009

Google Hodgson Vale and, alongside real estate ads featuring green valley vistas, is a website boasting the area's coal gasification potential.

The New South Wales-based Coalworks has a 51 square kilometre exploration lease over the area, a fact which Councillor Mike Williams said had made some potential buyers wary about investing.

He has gathered anecdotal evidence investors had been spooked by the company's prediction, published in The Chronicle in August, that a coal mine could be operating in the area in five years if a second round of drilling was successful.

See - the Chronicle - Coal talk takes shine off sales boom.

3 Comments:

Blogger Concerned Ratepayer said...

Quarterly Report

Activities Report for the Quarter ended 30 September 2009

Hodgson Vale

Site reconnaissance visit assesses areas for future exploration suitability.

1:23 PM, November 08, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is it exactly?

6:16 PM, November 08, 2009

 
Anonymous newswatch said...

The Chronicle:

McVeigh seeks input on mine plans
Madeleine Logan

10 November 2009

JOHN McVeigh is prepared to do what few politicians would — risk his popularity.

The Toowoomba Regional councillor wants the council to have a say on new mining applications without regard for the consequences.

“No matter how unpopular or contentious that makes us, we want a seat at the table,” he said in a committee meeting yesterday.

The council is currently a bystander to the development of mining projects in the region with decision-making power resting solely with the State and Federal governments.

“Some would argue it’s easier for us to let these issues go by,” he said.

But instead, he says: Bring it on.

“At present it’s all happening in Brisbane and we read about it in the newspaper,” Cr McVeigh said.

“We deserve more respect than that.”

He said the council dealt with the community outcry and infrastructure pressure created by new mining developments.

But it didn’t have any power.

“We’re left to pick up the pieces,” he said.

“But the only input we have is over whether temporary mine camps meet our requirements.”

Planning director Stewart Somers said the council also missed out on valuable mining revenue.

“Local government is left with empty begging bowls,” he said.

Ambre Energy’s plan to build a coal gasification plant in the Felton Valley was just one issue which Cr McVeigh wants to be able to influence.

He said the brothel application was another recent controversy which the council was effectively powerless to determine.

10:00 AM, November 10, 2009

 

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