EPA to rule today on Margaret River coal mine

Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Agency will rule today on the level of assessment for a proposed coal mine in the State’s Margaret River region.

According to the West Australian, the EPA said it will announce the decision on the Vasse Coal coking project just after 11am local time.

The proposed mine has seen heavy opposition from the local community and anti-mining groups.

Many say the coal mine, which would be located less than 15km from the Margaret River town centre, would be detrimental to the wine making region.

Ian Parmenter, spokesman for the local No COALition, said people were “passionate” about their opposition to the mine, and that even international wine producers are concerned.

Underground operations at the mine will range from between 100 to 850 metres in depth.

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