Lance Stone has faith in the processes involved in approving or rejecting the Colton Mine.
Lance Stone has faith in the processes involved in approving or rejecting the Colton Mine. File photo

Mine 'hysteria' not needed

CONCERNS about the potential effects of an open cut mine on the region's environment are overstretched, a community leader has claimed.

Maryborough Chamber of Commerce president Lance Stone has questioned the levels of “hysteria” surrounding plans to mine coking coal at Aldershot, north of Maryborough.

“We are currently living in a time that has never had more care or concern for the environment,” Mr Stone said.

“Projects not only have to meet strict environmental standards upfront but there are ongoing measurements that ensure that the project stays within specified safety standards.

“This is the reality based on scientific fact.”

He believes negative comments on the project – proposed by Brisbane exploration company NEC – are based on emotive issues.

“While we are aware of the potential impact on adjacent residential area the comments fail to consider the processes required by the regulators to ensure compliance.

“We believe that NEC represents a company that is fully aware of its obligations to the community and the environment and we have total confidence in the regulatory regime to assess the environmental impact of this project.

“In an area that has been severely affected by reduced economic activity the Colton Mine project would see a welcome lift to local businesses and in particular employment opportunities in the region.

“The business community fully support this project and it is our opinion that the vast majority of people are in favour of this project going ahead.”



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