Open-cut coal mining in Australia's Hunter Valley: Sustainability and the industry's economic, ecological and social implications

Drew Cottle
Angela Keys

Abstract


This article questions the sustainability of open-cut coal mining in the Hunter Valley region of Australia. The issue of sustainability is examined in relation to the economic, ecological and social implications of the Hunter Valley’s open-cut coal mining industry. The article demonstrates that critical social and ecological ramifications have been overshadowed by the open-cut coal mining industry’s importance to the economy of the Hunter region and of New South Wales.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5130/ijrlp.i1.2014.3844

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