Moreton Resources' managing director Jason Elks.
Moreton Resources' managing director Jason Elks. Tegan Annett

Impact statement of proposed coal mine delayed

MORETON Resources has announced it will likely delay its environmental impact statement for the South Burnett Coal Project until later this year.

In a statement to the ASX, the company said it has extended the date due to the "positive" results of its recent drilling program.

Results from the drilling were released in March.

The company said "significant workshops and industry consultation" were being undertaken to determine the best way forward for the project.

It means the EIS will potentially be not be delivered to the Officer of the Coordinator General until the July-September quarter.

The company said in its results from the drilling showed coal that had quality of exceptionally high energy and low impurities.

Moreton Resources is proposing to build a coal mine situated 6km south of Kingaroy.

The company also wants to build 131km rail corridor that would stretch from the mine to Theebine, which would take up existing sections of the South Burnett Rail Trail.

The proposal is strongly opposed by politicians and nearby residents.

In February, Federal Member for Maranoa and Agriculture Minister David Littleproud told the South Burnett Times it would be "ridiculous" to build a coal mine on prime agricultural land.

"Mining is beneficial for our rural economies but there is a right place and this is not it," Mr Littleproud said.

Kingaroy Concerned Citizens Group spokesman John Dalton said he hoped the project would be the first coal proposal to be knocked back by the State Government.

The terms of reference were released to the public back in December 2016.

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