More: Coal Mining Effects on the Environment. Contaminates Ground Water: The minerals from the disturbed earth can seep into ground water and contaminate water ways with chemicals that are hazardous to our health. An example would be Acid Mine Drainage. Acidic water can flow out of abandoned coal mines.
Metro Mining's 4 billion tonne thermal coal resource in Queensland's Surat Basin is one of Australia's largest. Metro has successfully identified a 4 billion tonne thermal coal resource in the Surat Basin. The coal is ideal as a feedstock for power stations due to its high quality and low sulphur.