fter months of protests, Whitehaven has officially begun open-cut mining at its flagship Maules Creek site in northern NSW.

“Two blasts last week preceded today’s start of full-scale mining using Whitehaven’s new mining fleet being operated by Whitehaven employees,” the company said in a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange on Wednesday. “The Maules Creek project remains on budget and schedule with first saleable coal expected to be railed…