Newcastle Herald: Gloucester’s controversial Rocky Hill coal mine under the microscope

The proposed Rocky Hill open cut mine will have a major impact on the health of the local community with the mine simply too close to the township of Gloucester.

Residents within two kilometres should be issued with breathing equipment and Gloucester Hospital should be upgraded to include an intensive care facility if the mine is approved, Doctors for the Environment Australia will tell a two-day NSW Planning Assessment Commission public hearing starting in Gloucester on Tuesday.

DEA NSW spokesperson, Dr John Van Der Kallen will emphasise the health impacts from this project on local residents, and highlight the risks to the nearby population from pollution along the coal corridor. “If a blast plume were to travel across Gloucester it would be a tragedy of international proportions.”

The PAC public hearing at Gloucester Soldiers Club starts at 4pm on Tuesday, with speakers including Gloucester Chamber of Commerce and Gloucester Knitting Group. The hearing resumes on Wednesday at 9.30am.

Read more in the Newcastle Herald article “Gloucester’s controversial Rocky Hill coal mine under the microscope“, first published 14 November 2017

For further information, please see DEA’s Media Release: Doctors take a firm stand on Rocky Hill mine

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