BHP says court logic is “strange”

The world’s largest miner, BHP, has questioned the “strange” logic of a decision by a NSW court to reject a proposed coal mine development on the basis of its carbon emissions and warned it may end up raising greenhouse gases as more polluting production from rivals takes its place.

The NSW Land and Environment Court recently upheld a decision by the NSW government to block the development of Gloucester Coal’s proposed Rocky Hill coking coal mine, with Justice Brian Preston citing the mine’s potential contribution to climate change as a reason for the decision. BHP, the nation’s largest coal producer, said the climate change link made in the ruling was questionable.

The Australian is reporting BHP chief executive Andrew Mackenzie saying: “The notion that a small economy like Australia can manage its own climate change by stopping coal production in Australia is somewhat strange.”

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