TerraCom’s Dangerous Plan to Haul Coal by Road
Mining company TerraCom, which recently purchased the Blair Athol mine for $1, plans to haul up to 2 million tonnes of coal per year along the Peak Downs Highway from Clermont to Moranbah, putting lives at risk.
In May, TerraCom announced that it had an agreement with Glencore to use the Blair Athol mine rail loading facility to transport export coal. Last month it notified the Queensland Government that it intends to ship the coal by road.
Mackay Conservation Group coordinator, Peter McCallum, said that the plan is a breach of the conditions for granting TerraCom’s mining licence and the Queensland Government should reject any movement of coal by road.
“The Peak Downs Highway near Clermont is narrow and dangerous. Putting an addition 180 road trains on the road ever day will endanger everyone who uses it," Mr McCallum said.
“At present 140 trucks use the road each day. This plan will more than double the number of heavy vehicles and more than double the risk of a fatality.”
"The company is just trying to save a few dollars, they should be using the rail system as they promised.”
Mackay Conservation Group has written to Acting Transport & Main Roads Minister, Steven Miles, requesting him to reject the dangerous proposal.
The Peak Downs Highway is an "as of right" Type-1 road train route. If approved, TerraCom would be able to use vehicles up to 36.5 metres in length. The image below shows a road train of that length compared with an average car.
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