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The residents, organised under a group called the Great Latrobe Park project team, wants to rehabilitate the mine to create parks and recreational areas. The plan is based on similar rehabilitated quarries and mines in Europe, including the UK's Eden Project in Cornwall, which attracts 1 million visitors a year.
Longwall mining results in large blocks of coal being totally extracted and the mine roof allowed to collapse behind the working face. Generally, longwall techniques result in higher productivity and higher recovery of coal than does the bord and pillar method.
PwC's latest report into the performance of the world's 40 largest mining companies shows just what a watershed year 2015 was. The management consultants' Mine 2015 report shows the top 40 companies suffering their first collective net loss in history ($27 billion), a decline in collective market