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Period extended for NEC proposal

The period for public submissions for Colton coal mine’s environmental management ends January 27.
The period for public submissions for Colton coal mine’s environmental management ends January 27. Zavalnyuk Sergey

THE consultation period for Colton coal mine's environmental management plan has been extended after an outcry by a green group and community members.

The period for public submissions was due to expire at 5pm on Monday, but Wide Bay Burnett Environment Council spokeswoman Emma-Kate Currie called for an extended deadline.

She said it was "unacceptable" the public notification period covered only 16 business days during the busy Christmas period.

But Ms Currie's concerns have been acknowledged by environment minister Vicky Darling, who said the Department of Environment and Resource Management negotiated with Northern Energy for the consultation period to be extended until January 27.

The minister said DERM had received submissions, including one from the Wide Bay Burnett Environmental Council.

In a statement, Northern Energy Corporation said the environmental management plan had been available for full public scrutiny on the NEC website since September last year.

"NEC itself advertised the availability of the plan in early December 2011," the spokesperson said.

The environmental management plan can be viewed at www.northernenergy.com.au/projects/maryborough/environment.html; NEC's Maryborough office at 255 Adelaide St; and the Maryborough library on Bazaar St.

Topics:  colton coal mine project northern energy corporation



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