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   Jul 05

Ecologist says warnings to Centennial Coal on Lithgow mine led to sacking

Chris Jonkers and Julie Favell from the Lithgow Environment Group explore the Carne West swamp. Photo: Wolter PeetersAn environmental consultant to Centennial Coal says he was sacked by the company after warning that its longwall mining was causing serious damage to endangered swamps on Newnes Plateau, near Lithgow.
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Bathurst-based ecologist Ray Mjadwesch says he raised concerns with thecompany in 2001. He later took those fearsto the National Parks and Wildlife Service, a move thatled to his dismissal.

Mr Mjadwesch’s report, preparedafter the first year of operation of the Springvale mine, found the poor condition of two swamps”can only be attributed to impacts from subsidence”.

Centennial Coal was this week given conditional approval to extend its longwall mining under the Newnes State Forest near Lithgow, giving the Springvale mine another15 years of operation.

The conditions for the mine extension are still to be settled, but Centennial says narrowing the width of the longwall from 350 metres to 280 metres will prevent the risk of subsidence damage to the swamps.

Ecologist says warnings to Centennial Coal on Lithgow mine led to sacking The Springvale Mine in Lithgow is seeking an extension to its’ existing coal mine operations which will take the underground mine below sensitive swamps in the Newnes State Forest. Photo: Wolter Peeters

The Springvale Mine in Lithgow is seeking an extension to its’ existing coal mine operations which will take the underground mine below sensitive swamps in the Newnes State Forest. Photo: Wolter Peeters

The Springvale Mine in Lithgow is seeking an extension to its’ existing coal mine operations which will take the underground mine below sensitive swamps in the Newnes State Forest. Photo: Wolter Peeters

The Springvale Mine in Lithgow is seeking an extension to its’ existing coal mine operations which will take the underground mine below sensitive swamps in the Newnes State Forest. Photo: Wolter Peeters

The Springvale Mine in Lithgow is seeking an extension to its’ existing coal mine operations which will take the underground mine below sensitive swamps in the Newnes State Forest. Photo: Wolter Peeters

The Springvale Mine in Lithgow is seeking an extension to its’ existing coal mine operations which will take the underground mine below sensitive swamps in the Newnes State Forest. Pictured: Lithgow Mayor Maree Statham on the main street. Photo: Wolter Peeters

Springvale mine workers from left, Adam Powell and Darrin Francis, in the lamp room at the completion of their shift. Photo: Wolter Peeters

Springvale mine worker John Tilley in the lamp room at the completion of his shift. Photo: Wolter Peeters

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