Challenging coal mine pollution of Sydney’s drinking water

Projects  |   April 14, 2023

At the end of 2015, 4nature took the owners of Springvale coal mine and the NSW government to court to stop them polluting Sydney’s drinking water.

After originally losing the case in the Land and Environment Court, in August 2017 we won on appeal in the NSW Supreme Court.

Before the court determined final orders, the NSW Parliament passed special legislation overturning our win.

Despite the setback, the Springvale mine was still required to build a pipeline and treatment plant to ensure mine water is clean of its pollutants rather than discharging them into the Coxs River, one of the main sources of Sydney’s drinking water. The treatment plant began operation in June 2019.