Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
Public comment invited on Bulli Mine expansion
9 April 2010
The federal environment department is inviting people to comment on BHP Billiton’s proposed expansion of longwall mining of the Bulli coal seam at Appin, NSW.
Comments on the draft guidelines for the environmental impact statement on the proposal will be accepted via the department’s website from today, Friday 9 April.
The comment period will remain open for 15 business days, closing on Friday 30 April.
The proposal is to expand underground mining operations at the existing Appin coal mine and West Cliff Colliery. It includes the development of several new underground longwall mining areas and an upgrade of the West Cliff Washery.
The draft guidelines form part of the environmental assessment of the proposal that is taking place under national environment law.
This assessment is looking at the impacts of the proposal on threatened species and ecological communities, as well as the whole of environment on Commonwealth land at the Holsworthy Army Base. Comments made on the guidelines should focus on these matters.
To view the proposal in full, go to http://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/epbc/epbc_ap.pl?name=current_referral_detail&proposal_id=5350.
Visit www.environment.gov.au/epbc for details on how to submit public comments.
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: +61 2 6275 9248
Fax: +61 2 6274 1094
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