Whitehaven faces legal action

Environment group wants to stop miner clearing land for Maules Creek project.

Whitehaven Coal's (WHC) Maules Creek project faces a legal challenge to stop works on the development, The Australian reports.

According to the newspaper, the Northern Inland Council for the Environment applied for an interlocutory injunction in the Federal Court to stop Whitehaven from clearing land for construction of the mine while another legal challenge against the mine's approval is pending.

“Once you bulldoze a forest, you can never get it back again, it's gone forever,” Northern Inland Council for the Environment spokesman Phil Spark said, The Australian reports.

The news follows a Federal Court appeal against former environment minister Tony Burke's approval of the mine.