FEDERAL EPBC ACT 1999 LIKELY TO IMPACT COAL AND CSG EXPANSION IN THE WIDEBAY BURNETT REGION
WBBEC welcomes the news that the Gillard government will introduce a new trigger for mining in the region based on the likely impacts to water resources, “ of course the proof will be in the actual description of the new ‘Matter Of National Environmental Significance’( MNES) and whether a project is likely to have a ‘significant impact’ on the water resources of the Wide Bay Burnett Region “, President and water policy officer , Roger Currie .
Given the intense interest being shown in the coal and CSG resources of the Burrum Coal Measures , any proposals to access this resource will now have to prove that the projects will not lead to significant impacts to the water resources of the Mary and Burnett rivers.
“ this will not be welcome news to the Newman government , who are keen to see a coal port created at Bundaberg , and the opening up of the Burrum coal measures for CSG and Shale gas expansion;
Mining companies such as Blue energy , Tiaro Coal Pty Ltd , Newhope Coal , Fox resources and International Coal , will all now have to jump thru a new hoop under Federal Law , which will be a positive for the Great Barrier Reef as water quality is a serious issue for the reefs survival , and the reef systems from Bundaberg to Tincan Bay are all influenced by the flows of the Burnett and Mary rivers, so mining impacts to the water resources of these rivers will now have to be assessed ‘, said Roger