We need rigorous and transparent regulation of local mining
We have obtained the Environmental Assessment of Dendrobium coal pollution into Brandy and Water Creek. It shows that the culvert under the dam collapsed, blowing out 339 cubic metres of gravel and creaking a giant void in the bottom of the sediment dam. This has come to light because Jess Whittaker lodged a GIPA application with the EPA.
Back in August 2020, Wollongong Council unanimously backed the Greens motion to "Write to the Minister for the Environment to appeal for a robust and comprehensive investigation of the breach of the Dendrobium water discharge license, including a comprehensive clean-up of the pollution residue, and public and transparent reporting on the quantity and quality of the pollutants, and what actions are being undertaken to prevent further pollution incidents."
This Environmental Assessment Report still leaves many questions unanswered – like why the culvert collapsed, and why analysis wasn’t done for all heavy metals found in coal fines. Please share if you want to see stricter and more transparent mine regulation.
You can download the assessment report here.