Mine boss dubs stud’s Drayton South claims ‘exaggerated’

Mine boss dubs stud’s Drayton South claims ‘exaggerated’ Workers jammed into the Denman Memorial Hall for the hearing.
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Graham Bradley, chairman of the Anglo American Advisory Board in Australia addressing the PAC.

Boss of Coolmore Tom Magnier talking to a staff member just prior to the beginning of proceedings.

TweetFacebookA public hearing into Anglo American’s Drayton South Coal Project has been toldthe claims of nearbyhorse studs they will have to sell up if the mine is approved are exaggerated, implausible and not supported by credible evidence.

Anglo American’s Graham Bradleyopened the public hearing with a strong defence ofDrayton South, near Muswellbrook, saying he “challenged the genuineness” of Coolmore and Darley’ssubmissions.

Hundreds of workershave converged on Denman in the Upper Hunter for the two-day hearing, dressed in bright orange, high-visibility shirts, work trousers and orange caps.

The Denman Memorial Hall in Ogilvie Streetis filled to overflowing.

Those who can’t get insidehave spilled out onto the footpath, holding a coffee,having a cigarette or talking with mates, unable to hear what is being said by speakers.

Seventy-seven are scheduled toaddress the Commission today; 39 tomorrow.

Anglo American has been given the first opportunity to speak.

Graham Bradley, chairman of the Anglo American Advisory Board in Australia, took the microphone first.

Mr Bradley stressed Anglo American is guaranteeing a binding commitment on itself, and any future operators, that Drayton South would not ever mine beyond the current proposed boundaries.

He said there will be no material adverse noise, dust, wateror road traffic impacts.

The Project Director for Drayton South, Rick Fairhurst, followed.

Mr Fairhurst told the hearing the revised Drayton South mine is 40 per cent smaller than originally planned.

He said the revised mine represents several billion dollars in foregone revenue and revenue to the state of NSW.

Mr Fairhurstsaid it will mine for only 15 years not 27 and will support 500 jobs and a broader local community.

More speakers are scheduled for later today, including Coolmore’s Tom Magnier and Darley’s Henry Plumptre.

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