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Court Decisions Addressing Coal

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2023
Pacific New Zealand
Mining Coal mining
The Environment Court of New Zealand overturned the resource consent granted to a mining company to develop an open-cast coal mine on the ground that the project would pose unacceptable impacts to biodiversity.
2022
Pacific Australia
Mining Coal mining
The New South Wales Independent Planning Commission refused an application to expand the Glendell coal mine on the grounds that the mine would cause significant and irreversible impacts on heritage by its impacts to a colonial homestead complex. The Commission also found that the proposal would harm Aboriginal cultural values.
2021
North America United States of America
Mining Coal mining
The U.S. District Court remanded the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the proposed expansion of a coal mine because the agency quantified the project’s socioeconomic benefits in terms of jobs, royalties, tax revenue and positive downstream economic impacts, but did not quantify the costs of GHG emissions.
2020
South Asia India
Energy Coal and gas power plants
Mining Coal mining
The National Green Tribunal ordered coal mining and energy companies to implement a series of measures to reduce environmental pollution and health impacts associated with their facilities operating in the Tamnar and Charghoda coal blocks in the state of Chhattisgarh. The Tribunal declared that no expansion of mining or industrial activities in the area could be approved until a thorough environmental carrying capacity study is completed.
2019
Pacific Australia
Climate Change Greenhouse gases
Mining Coal mining
2019
South America Colombia
Energy Coal and gas power plants
Mining Coal mining
The Constitutional Court found a Wayúu indigenous community’s rights to health and a healthy environment being affected by coal mining operations, ordered the Cerrejón mining company to implement several preventative, mitigation, and corrective measures, and ordered government authorities to implement effective regulatory and enforcement measures, while ensuring the Wayúu community’s participation rights.

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