Environment

Tarong Basin Coal is committed to the environment as part of our fundamental development and operating ethos.

All Environmental Management will be delivered through an approved In-house System in line with ISO 14001. The System will provide for the overarching management philosophy, as well as plans and procedures for its delivery. Audits will take place annually by a qualified auditor to report on the Company’s compliance and to inform continual improvement of operations.

Inherent Management Measures as part of the Project

Cleaner and more efficient coal quality The coal to be extracted by the project is good quality being high in energy content, low in ash (with processing) and has very low sulphur content. This makes the coal more productive in power generation and generates less waste than coal from other mines.
Salvage of quality soils Prior to any mining operations, topsoils and subsoils will be removed in accordance with a Government-approved Management Plan so there is no net loss of soil resources to the area.

Salvaged soils will either be translocated and used on adjacent agricultural land within the mining lease or appropriately stockpiled for use in future rehabilitation.

Low waste generation Mining will remove overburden to coal at a ratio of 4:1. This is one of the lowest ratios in QLD and NSW mines and means the amount of waste rock and disturbance of land outside the pit is relatively low.

It also reduces truck movements on site and total operating CO2 emissions.

Environmentally superior coal processing FGX processing is environmentally superior to typical coal processing systems because it uses 90-95% less water, no wet tailings storage facility, less chemicals, lower noise and dust emissions, and occupies a smaller footprint.
Progressive Rehabilitation Land will be progressively rehabilitated as part of mining operations. Areas to be rehabilitated will be set out in the Plan of Operations and implemented according to the Government-approved Rehabilitation Management Plan and legally required completion criteria of the Project’s Environmental Authority.

Overburden and waste rock from the FGX processing plant will be placed within the pit behind the working face. This will then form the substrate for soils reinstatement and the return of post-mining land-use.

MRV Tarong Basin Coal will be legally required to deposit Financial Assurance to the Qld Government as security to meet Project rehabilitation requirements.

Use of existing transport corridor The transport corridor will follow the existing route of the Kingaroy Branch Line, which will reduce disturbance of new areas of land and re-instate a multi-user transport corridor across the region.

 

Management of Key Issues

MRV Tarong Basin Coal acknowledges the public submissions made on the draft EIS Terms of Reference. Proposed management measures for the key issues identified through the submissions are listed below.

Noise, blasting, dust and light The Project is legally required to comply with the emission limits established in the Qld Model Mining Conditions.

Limits will be established through field-based surveys, modelling of impacts, and operational monitoring and management.

All complaints received about emissions to air are required to be recorded and investigated and, depending on the conclusions formed, actioned and abated.

Groundwater The Project is legally required to monitor groundwater quality and levels according to the limits and triggers set out in the Qld Model Mining Conditions.

These legal requirements are to be mirrored in the Project’s EPBC Permit.

Quality and limits will be determined through field-based surveys, modelling of impacts and operational monitoring and management.

Make-good agreements are to be established where impacts from mining activities are demonstrated to impair bore usage i.e. relative to a reference bore not affected by mining.

All complaints received about groundwater are required to be recorded and investigated and, depending on the conclusions formed, actioned and abated.

Surface water All mine affected water will be contained on site within appropriately designed storages. Surface waters outside the operational area will be diverted away from the site to maintain background quality and flows.

Contaminants will not be released directly or indirectly to waters except as permitted by the Project’s Environmental Authority. Where releases are to occur then these will only take place from legally authorised points.

All releases are required to be monitored for a range of quality characteristics at set frequencies. Monitoring data will be compared against reference site and historical data to determine the level of impact. If potential impacts are identified then further investigation, analysis and action will be implemented as appropriate.

All complaints received about surface water will be managed in accordance with the complaints procedure.

Strategic Cropping Land (SCL) The Project will be required to identify, assess and manage the impacts of mining activities on SCL in accordance with Queensland legislation. All impacts on SCL will be avoided, minimised or offset.

The offset will include an amount payable into the SCL Mitigation Fund. This amount will be in addition to the Financial Assurance payable under the Environmental Authority to rehabilitate the land.

Social Impacts As a declared Coordinated Project, MRV Tarong Basin Coal is required to undertake significant stakeholder and community engagement. This engagement will inform the company’s understanding of the key social impacts and opportunities, and how these can be best managed.

Engagement has been ongoing since 2014 and most recently since public notification of the draft Terms of Reference. Engagement will continue throughout the approval process and the life of the Project.

The Project will be required to implement social impact management measures as a condition of its approval, and report on the progress of meeting these requirements to the Queensland Government.