Whitehaven faces appeals

Coal projects in separate legal battles with environmental groups in QLD, NSW.

GVK Hancock and Whitehaven Coal (WHC) are set to face off in court today with environmental groups over coal projects in Queensland and New South Wales, The Australian Financial Review reports.

According to the newspaper, GVK Hancock's $6 billion Alpha coal mine in the Galilee Basin is being challenged on three grounds – including environmental and employment impacts – by local environmental groups, and will face a three-week court hearing in the Brisbane Magistrates court.

Meanwhile, New South Wales environment groups have launched a three-day appeal in Sydney's Federal Court against government approvals for Whitehaven's Maules Creek mine and Japanese company Idemitsu's Boggabri mine, the AFR reports.

The Northern Inland Council for the Environment is arguing former federal environment minister Tony Burke's approvals process was flawed and is asking for an investigation into the approvals process, begun by the previous government, to be completed, according to the newspaper.