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Alpha coal mine legal case could set ‘important precedent’ with global warming argument

The ABC’s Stephanie Smail reports (7.6.16) on the legal case being heard in Brisbane’s Court of Appeal, arguing that Gina Rinehart’s Alpha coal mine in the Galilee Basin should not proceed on the grounds that it would increase the impacts of climate change.

‘A landmark legal case against the proposed Alpha coal mine in central Queensland will hear the project should not go ahead on the grounds it could increase global warming.

‘Mining magnate Gina Rinehart and GVK’s mine has been forecast to produce 30 million tonnes of coal per year and create 2,000 long-term jobs during its 30-plus years of operation.

‘Environmental group Coast and Country is fighting the project on the basis that emissions from the transport and burning of the project’s coal would contribute to “dangerous global warming”.’

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