Bulga’s David toppled coal industry Goliath

by Richard Denniss in Lithgow Mercury
Originally published in Lithgow Mercury on May 7, 2013

NOBODY could have predicted that the might of Rio Tinto would be challenged by Bulga, a tiny NSW town of 300. Certainly, nobody could have predicted that Bulga would win. But when the Land and Environment Court overturned the NSW government’s approval for the expansion of Rio Tinto’s Warkworth coal mine, citing that the project’s “significant and unacceptable” costs did not outweigh the alleged benefits, it told onlookers that just because a mining company tells you something, doesn’t mean it’s true.

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