GLOUCESTER Resources continues to buy properties near the Gloucester township as part of the company’s coal exploration activities.
The company refused to say how many new acquisitions were made or where they were located.
“Some of the property transactions were as a result of discussions with owners of neighbouring properties, and all purchases have been with willing sellers,” a company spokesman said in a statement.
“It is common practice for companies like [Gloucester Resources] to acquire land for a range of uses, which may include the establishment of environmental buffers or agricultural activities.”
The Gloucester Residents in Partnership group estimates Gloucester Resources has bought 18 properties and believes it has spent about $30 million on these acquisitions.
Gloucester Resources’ exploration lease 6523 surrounds the township on three sides.
The company said it was conducting a feasibility study for a “small” open-cut coal mine.
If it decided to make a formal application, the community would be fully informed, the company said.