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Opportunities to Comment Mining and Gas Projects

31 August, 2012

Submissions are currently open on the following coal, coal seam gas and major infrastructure projects in Queensland:

EDO QLD - Opportunities to Comment Mining and Gas Projects at 26 July 2012

Submissions are currently open on the following coal, coal seam gas and major infrastructure projects in Queensland:

Opportunities to comment under the Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC Act) for Queensland projects

  1. Tenement to Terminal’s Yarwun Coal Terminal – public comment on draft EIS guidelines open until 30 July 2012
    This is a proposed coal port near Gladstone with a capacity of 50 million tonnes per annum. The jetty area is within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and 20km from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and next to a dugong protection area. If it proceeds, it will export coal from both the Bowen and Surat basins. The proposed stockyard area is part of the Port Curtis Wetland of national importance. Essential habitat for four listed threatened species is within one kilometre of the boundary of the site. Please note that this is the same project that was open for comment under the state approval process last month.
  2. GVK and Hancock Coal’s Abbot Point T3 Development – public comment on preliminary documentation open until 30 July 2012
    GVK is proposing to develop a 60 million tonne per annum coal terminal at the Abbot Point coal port near Bowen. This port expansion is to enable the export of thermal coal from new coal mines that are planned for the Galilee Basin. They want to begin construction in 2013 and begin shipping coal in 2015.

 

Opportunities to comment or object to mine and petroleum projects assessed under Queensland laws (the Environmental Protection Act and Mineral Resources Act)

  1. Arrow Energy’s Bowen Gas Project – public comment on draft terms of reference open until 14 August 2012 
    Arrow Energy are seeking to expand their coal seam gas operations into the area between north of Glenden and south of Blackwater in central Queensland. They want to drill 600 wells in the first two years after commencing in 2015. Up to 7000 wells are proposed over the 35 to 40 years of operation. The produced gas will be exported via the Arrow Bowen Pipeline through Curtis Island.
  2. Anglo Coal’s Boundary Hill South Lease Extension Project – public comment on draft terms of reference open until 3 August 2012 
    Anglo Coal want to extend their Callide Mine, 20km north of Biloela to produce an additional 3.5million tonnes of coal per annum, bringing the total mine production to 10 million tonnes of coal per annum for the next 18 years. The extension applied for is over 1069 hectares with 317 hectares directly disturbed by pits and spoil dumps. The product coal will be used in the Callide and Gladstone power stations for electricity generation and exported via the Gladstone Port.
  3. Carabella Resources’ Grosvenor West Project – public comment on draft terms of reference open until 31 August 2012
    The Grosvenor West Project is 10km outside of Moranbah in central Queensland and, if approved, would produce 3.5million tonnes of coal per annum beginning in 2015 and lasting 20 years. Coal will be exported out through either Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal or Abbott Point Coal Terminal.

 

NOTE: This alert does not include public notices under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (Qld) (SPA). For information on developments publicly notified under SPA, refer to the website of the relevant local government, a local newspaper or notices on the land.

If you have put in a submission on any of these projects, we’d like to know. Please email us at adminqld@edoqld.org.au.