The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recommended the WA State Government reject Central West Coal’s mine bid.
Its proposal would see the company mine and supply 75 million tonnes of thermal coal, from its tenements 15 kilometres south of Eneabba, to the planned Coolimba Power Station in the State’s Mid-West region.
EPA chairman, Paul Vogel, said that in the clearing of 861 hectares of native vegetation adjacent to the South Eneabba Nature Reserve for the mine, there is a high risk of unacceptable impacts on critically endangered vegetation, Carnaby’s Cockatoo and the migratory Rainbow Bee-eater.
The “de-watering for the proposal is also likely to have adverse impacts on the Lake Logue Nature Reserve,” he said.
One of the key conditions of the Power Station’s development was that its infrastructure corridor could not affect the nature reserves.
Central West has two weeks to appeal the decision.