McArthur River Mining (MRM) has lodged an appeal against a Northern Territory Supreme Court ruling that found its expansion near Borroloola was illegally approved.
In April Justice David Angel ruled the Territory Government had illegally approved the mine’s conversion from underground to open cut.
The ruling halted all work at the mine and the Government rushed through emergency legislation last sitting overriding the ruling and allowing the operation to continue.
But MRM’s general manager Brian Hearne says the company wants clarity on the issue of mining authorisations for the benefit of the whole industry and it has decided to appeal.
“The matter is really one of precedent and we really need to set the record straight,” he said.
The appeal was lodged yesterday hearing dates are yet to be set.
By parry/ hearne, ABC