Mind the gaps

Unused capacity and unfunded rehabilitation in Upper Hunter coal mines
by Rod Campbell and Liam Carter

Existing mines in NSW’s Upper Hunter region are approved to mine 241 million tonnes per year, but mined just 150 million tonnes in 2019/20. The difference of 91.5 million tonnes shows that there is no need for new coal projects in the state. Filling in the Upper Hunter’s final voids would cost between $12 billion and $25 billion, while the NSW Government holds just $3.3 billion in environmental bonds for all mines in the state.

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