Rio employs Brian Fisher analysis to support coal mine expansion

Rio Tinto-commissioned analysis by a member of the government panel reviewing the Renewable Energy Target is being used to justify the Mount Thorley Warkworth mine development approval.

Rio Tinto has tabled new planning application documents in a second attempt to obtain development approval for expansion of its existing Mount Thorley Warkworth thermal coal mine in the NSW Hunter Valley. These include new modelling on the economic benefits of the mine prepared by Brian Fisher, of BAEconomics.

Dr Fisher is also currently serving as a member of a four-person panel appointed by the federal government to review the Renewable Energy Target.

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