Originally published in The Conversation on May 23, 2013

Clive Palmer’s Waratah Coal claims its Galilee Coal Project, which will create four underground mines, two open-cut mines, and 468 kilometres of railway line in central Queensland, will bring economic prosperity to the region.

In its recently-released supplementary environmental impact statement, however, the company refused calls to release its modelling. Without it, the public is in the dark about the true costs and benefits of Palmer’s mega-mine.

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