15 Mar 2012

Environment Court to hear Bathurst case this year

11:51 am on 15 March 2012

Australian-owned miner Bathhurst Resources says the appeal case against its plans to create a new mine on the West Coast will be heard by the Environment Court in the June quarter.

The company, which already owns two coal mines in Southland, was given resource consent for its new escarpment mine project in August 2011.

The development hit snags after appeals from environmental and resident groups.

It says the consents are now subject to appeal from the West Coast Environmental Network, the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society and the Fairdown-Whareatea Residents Association.

Meanwhile, the company reported a $A17.6 million loss for the last six months of 2011.