Public can now comment on expansion of two mines

MINE extensions planned for north of Moranbah in Central Queensland are now open for public comment.

Although BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance shelved plans for its enormous Red Hill underground mine, it is pushing ahead with its government application for the site so it can expand two nearby operations.

It plans to extend parts of both Broadmeadow underground mine and Goonyella Riverside.

The environmental impact reports for these plans are now available for discussion.

BMA's plans for Red Hill remain on hold, but the project is slowly being put through state approvals to give the mining giant the capacity to act on it when market conditions improve.

If Red Hill was to go ahead, it would deliver 2000 construction jobs and 1500 once operations began.

The project was given priority by Queensland Coordinator-General Barry Broe on June 17.

Detail of the project can be found at http://www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/redhill.

Public consultation ends on August 12.



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