Traditional Owners fight Xstrata Supreme Court appeal

The Traditional Owners from McArthur River have issued a notice of contention against the appeal by Xstrata, who are challenging the Supreme Court decision that found the mine expansion invalid.

 The notice contends that The Minister for Mining, Chris Natt

  1. failed to have regard to the outcomes of the environmental assessment, namely the unfinished Public Environment Report (PER) process, and
  2. that the failure to comply with  conditions of the Mining Management Act (S.38) meant that the authorisation was invalid. 

Xstrata should have learnt by now that the Traditional Owners and the Northern Land Council are determined to protect the river and will not be deterred by Xstrata’s ‘bully boy’ tactics.

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