New coal face could belie dirty past
There have been renewed calls for the New South Wales government to revoke a coal mining licence in the fallout of corruption findings.
Reports this week stem from the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s inquiry last month, which found a mine licence was granted under corrupt circumstances by former NSW Resources Minister Ian Macdonald.
The Doyles Creek Mining company which operated the corrupted Doyles Creek project was purchased by the NuCoal firm in 2010, retaining several of its directors. On the eve of official findings against them in the ICAC investigation some executives left the company. Now questions have been raised over at least one member of the same bunch, who has continued to work for NuCoal.
NuCoal as a company has maintained its distance from the nefarious activities of the group it bought-out, maintaining its innocence and claiming it should be able to keep the licences it acquired legitimately.
A landholder from Jerry’s Plains says the New South Wales government should end the speculation and simply revoke the exploration licence which covers his land. He says the ICAC hearings prove the stink of corruption still pervades the air around Doyles Creek.
“The NuCoal entity was created by the original proponents of Doyles Creek Mine, so you could say that NuCoal's corporate DNA is deeply embedded into the Doyles Creek Mining company,” the local man said.
“Just look at the facts, the ICAC has now found some of the original proponents of NuCoal have found to be corrupt... to accept as a fact that Doyles Creek Mining, or the directors, some of the directors of NuCoal and some of the original proponents of NuCoal have been found by ICAC to have, who have acted corruptly, then surely you must accept as a proposition that NuCoal perhaps are not innocent of all of this,” said Mr Craig Chapman.