Coal miner Lake Coal has applied to build an underground conveyor connecting its Chain Valley and Mannering coal mines.
The mines, which are on the NSW Central Coast, run underneath Lake Macquarie and the Vales Point power station, according to the Newcastle Herald.
Reception to the new plans has been mixed, with one nearby resident telling the Herald that “the conveyor does not run under houses and it will take trucks off the road into the power station”.
The miner explained that the “modification to its Chain Valley Extension 1 Development Consent will enable the construction of an underground linkage between the Chain Valley and Mannering Collieries and the use of the existing Mannering Colliery surface infrastructure to transport coal from Chain Valley Colliery to the Vales Point Power station”.
It went on to state that “approval of the application would enable the routine transportation of coal to Vales Point Power station conveyor, as opposed to by truck as it currently the case”.