Coal mines under investigation

Four coal mines are under investigation over possible environmental breaches after accusations they discharged contaminated water into the Fitzroy catchment.

The Queensland Government says there has been an inquiry launched into compliance issues at BMA’s Peak Downs coal mine, Anglo American’s German Creek and Callide coal mines, and the Cook colliery, according to The Morning Bulletin.

It comes as the government stated that six mines – BMA’s Saraji, Rio Tinto’s Hail Creek, Yancoal’s Minerva mine, Peabody Energy’s Burton, Macarthur’s Moorvale, and Wesfarmers Curragh coal mine – are all pumping under approvals.

The breaches at Callide reportedly included a failure to notify authorities of exceeding the electrical conductivity limit and insufficient dilution.

A number of mines across the Rockhampton region were affected by late season rains, which have inundated their pits.

Peabody is expected to release water from Moorvale for the next two months, while Minerva will be pumping for the next several weeks.