Next step in assessment of Carmichael Coal Project
Published Friday, 22 November, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Jeff Seeney
Queensland’s Coordinator-General is inviting State agencies and the community to provide further comment on the proposed $16.5 billion Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail project north-west of Clermont.
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said project proponent Adani had provided additional information in support of its environmental impact statement (EIS).
“The Newman Government is delivering on its promise to support growth in the resources pillar of the Queensland economy, and this consultation phase is another important step in ensuring the proposal undergoes a rigorous environmental assessment.” Mr Seeney said.
“If approved, the Carmichael project will deliver 60 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of coal primarily to India, one of Australia’s fastest growing export markets.
“These benefits start with jobs - up to 1075 construction and 3800 operational jobs will be created if the mine is approved.”
The EIS was released for comment between 15 December 2012 and 11 February 2013, and 67 submissions received raised issues such as impacts on groundwater and surface water supplies and on agricultural activities.
The Coordinator-General Barry Broe then sought further information from the proponent to ensure the environmental impacts of the proposal are comprehensively addressed and mitigation measures identified.
As part of the process, State agencies and the public are being asked to provide feedback on this additional information, with the review period running from November 25 – December 20.
Adani’s Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail project will be located approximately 160 kilometres north-west of Clermont in central Queensland and will feature a combination open-cut and underground coal mining operation.
Visit http://www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/assessments-and-approvals/carmichael-coal-mine-and-rail-project.html for information on this project and to make submissions.
[ENDS] 22 November 2013
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