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Appeals court dismisses legal challenge against GVK Hancock's Alpha coal project

Queensland'sCourt of Appeals on Sept. 27 dismissed a legal challenge against the proposed30-million-tonne Alpha coalmine in central Queensland, ABC News reported.

Environmentalgroup Coast and Country filed a case against an environmental authority issuedby the Queensland Environment Minister for the A$6 billion mine proposal,citing "dangerous global warming" as a repercussion of the project'scoal.

"Today'sdecision is highly disappointing," the report quoted Derec Davies, Coastand Country's spokesman, as saying. He added that the group would considerfurther legal action.

Indiancompany GVK Hancock, co-owner of the controversial Galilee Basin project,together with Gina Rinehart, chairman and director of , welcomedthe court's ruling. "This now brings an end to four years of legalchallenges from anti-mining protestors and allows us to continue developing aproject that will create thousands of jobs for our state," the reportquoted GVK Hancock spokesman Josh Euler as saying.

Themine is yet to be granted a mining lease and is projected to provide 2,000long-term jobs through the course of its 30-plus years of operation, accordingto the report.

GVKis a joint venture between India's GVK Power & Infrastructure Ltd. and Australia'sHancock Prospecting Pty Ltd.

As of Sept. 29, US$1is equivalent to 1.30 Australian dollars.