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AWA to participate in the Grassy Mountain Public Hearing

May 10, 2024

On April 10, 2024, AWA received a Notice of Hearing on the applications for a Coal Exploration Program (A10123772), a Deep Drill Permit (1948547) and a Temporary Diversion License (00497386) submitted by Northback Holdings Corporation at Grassy Mountain.

On April 30, 2024, AWA requested to participate in the public hearing on the applications due to the significant economic, environmental, and societal risks further coal exploration and development poses to the region. AWA intends to participate in an interested expert/advisor capacity, to consolidate and present the latest peer-reviewed literature on the matter and demonstrate how approval of these applications runs contrary to the purposes of applicable legislation. AWA reiterated that Northback’s applications must not be approved by the AER.

On May 9, 2024, Northback responded to the requests to participate, agreeing that AWA should participate, although with limited participation rights. AWA will be able to attend the hearing and provide an oral submission.

As more information becomes available, AWA will keep members updated.

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