“The project was stopped due to risks of water contamination and drainage, particularly on the Pages River, and the incompatibility of land use - threatening the viability of the region's internationally renowned thoroughbred breeding industry.” Source
"The Premier needs to say no to coal mines that are in areas where communities are doing it tough and they don't have a thoroughbred industry that is cashed up and doing a great job of campaigning," Ms Rhiannon said. "Where there's ordinary people who are worried about their health, worried about the impact on the natural environment." SourceThe opposition to the mine was well organised and influential, for example broadcaster Phillip Adams appeared before the Planning Assessment Commission Hearings examining the mine proposal to oppose the application. Would less organised and less socially connected opposition have achieved the same result?
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