According to The Australian Financial Review, BHP has sought federal approval to build a new Queensland coal mine which would run for up to 90 years, just months after it was praised by environment groups for keeping huge volumes of coal in the ground with its plan to shut a NSW mine early.
BHP’s request to build a new mine at Blackwater South came as Glencore – the miner that championed the notion that “managing down” coal mines was more ethical than selling them – sought federal approval to add an extra two years to the life of its Ulan coal mine in NSW.
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