Posted June 04, 2019 04:03:51The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) says it has issued a blanket ban on coal mining within 10km of the Alice Springs, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Mildura and Narrabeen coal mines in the ACT.
The blanket ban will take effect from July 1.AEMA spokesperson Jason Goggin said that a ban on mining within the 10km area is necessary to protect the environment.
“This is about protecting our environment from any further environmental harm caused by coal mining,” Mr Goggin said.
“We are not aware of any incidents in the last year or so that have shown that there have been any breaches of the ban, but we are looking at all of the options and taking them into account.”
Mr Gogglin said that mining within 100km of mines was not likely to be affected.
“What happens is that you can get into the area, and that could lead to more coal being extracted, but that would not be the issue we’re focusing on,” he said.
The ban is in response to a string of accidents involving coal mining equipment.
A series of accidents in the early 2020s, for example, left eight miners injured, including one who died.
A major spill at a mining operation in November left two workers with life-threatening injuries.
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