The New South Wales Independent Planning Commission has approved an additional 2 million metric tons (mt) of coal to be extracted from Barrett Pit at Glencore’s subsidiary Mt Owen Pty’s Glendell coal mine in the Hunter Valley. The proposed modification aims to recover an additional 1.97 million mt of run-of-mine coal, which will result in a net increase in disturbance area of 4.3 hectares and a net 0.4-hectare reduction in clearing of native vegetation.

Mt Owen Pty, sought approval to extend the Barrett Pit at the Glendell coal mine, located 20 km northwest of Singleton and part of the Mt Owen Glendell operations together with the Mt Owen and Ravensworth East mines.