EPA Report 1382 – Central West Coal Project

Summary: The EPA has recommended that the Minister for Environment not approve Central West Coal Pty Ltd’s proposal to mine and supply approximately 75 million tonnes of sub-bituminous grade coal to the proposed Coolimba Power Project. The proposal is located approximately 15 kilometres south of Eneabba in the Shires of Coorow and Carnamah, Western Australia.
Release Date: 7 February 2011

EPA Chairman Paul Vogel said that the proposal cannot meet the EPA’s environmental objectives.

‘With the clearing of 861 hectares of native vegetation adjacent to the South Eneabba Nature Reserve there is a high risk of unacceptable impacts on critically endangered vegetation, Carnaby’s Cockatoo and the migratory Rainbow Bee-eater,’ Dr Vogel said.

‘Dewatering for the proposal is likely to have adverse impacts on the Lake Logue Nature Reserve.

‘The Lake Logue Nature Reserve is an important and recognised conservation asset supporting significant flora, fauna and wetland values.

‘The South Eneabba Nature Reserve, the Lake Logue Nature Reserve and the conservation significant flora within this region are important environmental assets which should be protected.

‘The EPA will take a conservative approach to the assessment of any proposals in this area, particularly cumulative impacts and risks posed by proposals to the long-term viability of conservation significant species.’

As the EPA has recommended against approval Report 1382 does not include draft conditions. If the Minister, after considering appeals, makes a decision to allow the proposal to be implemented, the EPA recommends that the Minister consult the EPA as to the conditions and procedures to which the proposal should be subject.

EPA Report 1382 is available at www.epa.wa.gov.au. There is a two week public appeal period on the Report’s contents closing 21 February 2011.

Information on all proposals currently under assessment by the EPA is available at http://www.epa.wa.gov.au/EIA/statofactivformal/Pages/default.aspx?cat=Status%20of%20Active%20Formal%20Assessments&url=EIA/statofactivformal.

EPA Media contact: Charlie Maling, 6467 5415, 0400 866 450

Status: Final
Appeals close