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    Minister for Mines and Energy
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    New laws resolve coal mining impasse

    Minister for Mines and Energy
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Friday, May 02, 2008

    New laws resolve coal mining impasse

    Legislation to resolve a long-running mining dispute and safeguard the expansion of the state’s billion dollar coal industry has been passed in State Parliament this week.

    Mines and Energy Minister Geoff Wilson said the Queensland Government had stepped in to address an historic anomaly dating back to the 1980’s.

    The dispute between two mining companies had the potential to jeopardise jobs in the Bowen Basin and lead to a loss of around 12 million tonnes of high-quality coking coal.

    BMA and Cherwell Creek Coal have been at loggerheads over mining rights for more than 13 years.

    Mr Wilson said the legislation confirmed BMA’s tenure over the land and gave Cherwell Creek the means to claim compensation from BMA if it can establish its tenure had value.

    “As Queensland’s Mines Minister, I am obliged to safeguard our reputation as one of the best and most reliable producers of coal in the world, along with the jobs of workers in our booming industry.

    “We came up with a solution that is in the best interests of Queensland,” he said.

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