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Xstrata coal by barge.

Val Istomin

There was a heated meeting in Donkin last night, about a proposed coal mine for the area.

Fishermen in the area say they want to support the project - but not if it costs them their livelihood.

X-Strata Coal wants to move coal from the mine by barge, to coal carriers offshore. And the fishermen say that could force them out of the area.

Val Istomin is the project manager for the mine.
He explained the thinking behind the barge option, to Wendy Martin.

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