The Queensland Land Court's call for the imposition of stricter environmental requirements upon Gina Rinehart's $6.2 billion Alpha Coal Mine could add further to the woes of the state's beleaguered mining sector.

In its non-binding recommendations for the Queensland government with respect to the Alpha Coal Mine, a multi-billion-dollar joint-venture between Gina Rinehart and Indian conglomerate GVK, state land court member Paul Smith urged that the project be rejected on the grounds of it impact on the local environment and farming sector. The…