Whitehaven Coal faces 16 charges for breaching NSW mining laws

Whitehaven Coal faces 16 charges for breaching NSW mining laws

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The NSW resources regulator has charged Whitehaven Coal over 16 alleged breaches of the mining laws involving exploration and operations that could cost the miner millions of dollars.

In a statement released by the Department of Regional NSW, the regulator said it was taking Whitehaven’s subsidiaries Narrabri Coal Pty Ltd and Narrabri Coal Operations Pty Ltd to the Land and Environment Court for the alleged breaches at a mine north-west of Boggabri.

Whitehaven is accused of failing to comply with conditions for both exploration and mining activities at its coal mine in northern NSW. Credit:Robert Rough

Eight of the allegations relate to an exploration licence, EL6243, which the regulator suspended last August after the issues were identified, the statement said. The company is accused of failing to comply with conditions of the licence.

The regulator also alleged the miner committed eight other breaches, including “the alleged construction of unauthorised tracks, failing to rehabilitate drill sites and drilling of bore holes contrary to exploration activity approval conditions”.