Two of Margaret River’s biggest … damage to the Margaret River environment and ‘brand’. In it’s official report – released this morning – chairman Paul Vogel said …
Not forgetting “social surrounds”?
‘In effect, this is an EPA ’no’ to the proposal,’ EPA Chairman Paul Vogel said. … significant environmental values, including the social surrounds of the Margaret River .
Pictured, the ‘social surrounds’ from Walmadany (JPP)
Tue 07 February, 2012
State says no to Vasse Coal proposal
State Government rejects proposal to build coal mine near Margaret River
Decision follows Environment Minister’s dismissal of appeals and consultation with decision making authorities
The State Government has rejected a proposal by Vasse Coal Management Pty Ltd to develop a coal mine north-east of Margaret River.
The final decision was made following consultation between Environment Minister Bill Marmion and other ministers with an interest in the proposal. (my bold)
“This decision provides the people of Margaret River with certainty that the State Government recognises the uniqueness of the region, both from an environmental and social perspective,” Mr Marmion said.
In May 2011, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) reported that serious risks to important environmental values in the Margaret River region, especially surface and groundwater and the consequential impacts on the social surroundings, rendered the proposal environmentally unacceptable.
In December 2011, the Minister dismissed an appeal by the proponent and others in objection to the EPA’s recommendation that the coal mine be rejected, citing serious risks to environmental values in the Margaret River area.
Mr Marmion was then required to consult with other decision-making authorities, as required under the Environmental Protection Act 1986.
Vasse Coal Management Pty Ltd proposed to develop an underground coal mine and related facilities about 15km north-east of Margaret River
The mine was proposed to operate for 15 to 20 years, with surface footprint of about 40 hectares and underground tunnel network of about 1,200 hectares‘Social Surrounds’ of Broome?: