‘Slap on the wrist’: Farmers fume as Whitehaven Coal fined $200,000 for unlawfully taking water

ABC | Nov 25, 2021 at 6:02 AM
  • Farmers in north-west New South Wales say they are outraged at a fine handed to a coal company for unlawfully taking water, saying it amounts to a mere “slap on the wrist”.
  • Whitehaven Coal has been fined $200,000 in the Land and Environment Court for unlawfully taking 1,000 megalitres of water at its Maules Creek mine between 2016 and 2019.
  • The market value of the water at the time from the Lower Namoi Regulated Water Source could have amounted to as much as $390,000.