Almost 1400 have their say on Acland mine expansion
NEARLY 1400 submissions on the proposed expansion of New Hope Group's Acland coal mine are being poured over by the office in charge of approving Queensland's large developments.
A spokeswoman for Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning could not give a time frame as to when a decision would be made on the plan to extend the life of the mine to 2029.
Without approval, the mine's current coal reserves are expected to be fully extracted by 2017.
Submissions on a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed New Acland Coal Mine Stage 3 project closed last month.
The spokeswoman said the submissions were not sorted into for and against categories.
"The Coordinator-General does not count up the fors and againsts but considers all issues raised in each submission on the draft environmental impact statement," the spokeswoman said.
Once the submissions have been assessed, the Coordinator-General will determine whether New Hope Group will be required to prepare additional information.
Updates on the status of the application can be monitored at www.dsdip.qld.gov.au.