QuestionsOnNotice

Questions on Notice No 6647
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Assembly
59 Parliament First Session
Question
Asked: 25 May 2022

Question on Notice

Ms Sandell to ask the Treasurer for the Minister for Resources — (1) Why is the process to fill the old Alcoa Anglesea coal mine with water from the nearby aquifer not required to go through a full Environmental Effects Statement process.

(2) Will the Government take into account the evidence presented by Professor Ralf Haese and nine other scientists from the School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Science at the University of Melbourne, that filling the pit at the old Anglesea coal mine with groundwater is creating significant environmental problems, particularly for the Anglesea River and estuary.

Answer
Answered: 20 June 2022
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Environmental Effects Statement (EES) processes are triggered when a written referral from the proponent is sent to the Minister for Planning requested a decision on whether an EES is required. So far, there has not been a referral in relation to this project.

 

I am committed to supporting the best possible rehabilitation outcome for the former Anglesea Coal Mine to benefit Anglesea and the broader community.

 

Following a robust assessment and community engagement, Alcoa received approval to complete a 12-month groundwater pumping test to inform a future groundwater licence application and mine rehabilitation plan. Southern Rural Water is working with Alcoa to ensure that the process to assess the sustainability of the groundwater supply is both robust and streamlined.

As with any project of this scale, we expect significant consultation with the community.

 

 

 

 

Hon Jaala Pulford MP 

Minister for Resources 

 

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