LD Operations and Margaret River residents might have to wait until next year before a decision on the proposed Vasse coal project is given.
West Australian environment minister Bill Marmion said that there is no guarantee on a time for a definite decision, according to the ABC.
"The appeals conveners provided me with a report and that’s something that I’m considering at the moment," he said.
"I don’t really want to put a time frame on it but I will try and make a decision as soon as I can."
This announcement comes after a series of delays regarding a decision on LDO’s exploration application.
The decision was originally supposed to be handed down by Garry Middle, however in August Middle requested more time to make the assessment.
The decision was eventually handed back to Marmion.
This delay comes after the mining approvals process was labelled ‘corrupt’ by the former WA environmental protection authority head Barry Carbon.