It turned out to be a
battle between grapes and coal and
the latter lost. Peabody Resources,
a branch of Britain's Hanson group
had to abandon its plans to develop
a US $10,156 miflion coal mine in
Australia's Hunter Valley, following a recent order given by the New
South Wales land and environment
court declaring the state's approval
for the project as invalid. Peabody
and Rosemount Estates, one of the
best vineyards in the region, have
been fighting a protracted battle
over the Bengalla open-cut mine.
Rosemount owns lands near the
proposed mine site and expressed
concerns about the environmental
implications of the project.
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