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Acland Court of Appeal review

03 March, 2019

EDO Qld and Barristers Saul Holt QC and Dr Chris McGrath represented Oakey Coal Action Alliance Inc (OCAA) at the Supreme Court of Appeal in Brisbane on 27 February 2019 to 1 March 2019. The appeal seeks to overturn the 2018 Supreme Court decision that would see groundwater impacts no longer allowed to be considered in some mining objection hearings. 

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Spotlight on prosecutions of Linc Energy

27 September, 2018

In September 2018, the High Court dismissed an application to hear the Linc Energy case made by the Queensland government. That means the Court of Appeal decision stands - so it’s possible for company liquidators in Queensland to disclaim future environmental responsibilities and for remediation costs to fall back on the State.

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The drain on Acland farmers

31 July, 2018

It’s not just impacts to groundwater that are unclear in the Oakey Coal Action Alliance (OCAA) cases - it’s also who has the power to hear and assess potential impacts to groundwater. Find out how Associated Water Licences (AWLs) have thrown a spanner into the legal mix.

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Spotlight on Boral Resources (Qld) Pty Limited v Gold Coast City Council

30 April, 2018

Gold Coast City Council’s (GCCC) refusal of a hard rock quarry in Reedy Creek, West Burleigh in SE Queensland has been unanimously upheld by the Queensland Supreme Court. The decision demonstrates that local councils play an integral role in protecting their local environment through careful drafting of their planning scheme and then by robustly enforcing that planning scheme in the face of contrary developments.


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