Con­di­tions at­tached to mine ex­ten­sion

Pilbara News - - News -

A pro­posal to ex­tend the depth and area of ex­ist­ing mine pits in the Pil­bara re­gion has been rec­om­mended for ap­proval sub­ject to seven con­di­tions by the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Author­ity.

BC Pil­bara Iron Ore has pro­posed to re­vise its Iron Val­ley Above Wa­ter Ta­ble Project, about 90km north-west of New­man.

The re­vised pro­posal in­cludes the devel­op­ment of a new mine pit, with min­ing op­er­a­tions ex­tend­ing be­low the wa­ter ta­ble, and the de­wa­ter­ing of the un­der­ly­ing aquifer.

EPA chair­man Tom Hat­ton said test­ing against en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors in­clud­ing flora and veg­e­ta­tion, hy­dro­log­i­cal pro­cesses and in­land wa­ter en­vi­ron­men­tal qual­ity had been un­der­taken.

“The con­di­tions we have rec­om­mended in­clude prepa­ra­tion of an out­come-based en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment plan to min­imise the long-term im­pacts from ground­wa­ter ab­strac­tion and sur­plus de­wa­ter dis­charge run-off, and al­ter­ations to sur­face wa­ter flows to Weeli Wolli Creek,” he said.

“Con­di­tions also re­quire the pro­po­nent to min­imise hy­dro­log­i­cal im­pacts to Abo­rig­i­nal her­itage val­ues linked to the creek and to con­trib­ute to an ap­proved con­ser­va­tion off­sets fund.”

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