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NT government approves restart of Roper Bar iron ore mine

A defunct iron ore mine project in the Roper River region has been given the green light to restart operations by the Northern Territory Government.

International shipping and mining company British Marine, which also has an interest in Queensland bauxite operations, has invested in the mine through its subsidiary Britmar (Aust).

The site has been abandoned since the mine’s former owner Western Desert Resources went into liquidation in April 2015.

Western Desert Resources’ former managing director Norman Gardner controversially cleared land to build a haul road to the nearby port in 2012, before getting federal environmental approval.

The new company’s environmental commitments outlined in its mining management plan should be made public, according to Environment Centre NT’s director Shar Molloy.

“There’s no way of assessing, we don’t have any information, other than that was written and approved back in 2012.”

In 2012, the NT Environment Protection Authority’s environmental assessment recommended the project proceed, despite “information gaps” including a lack of baseline data. Read more…

 

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