Despite serious opposition, plans for a coal mine in the Margaret River are going ahead.
Yesterday the owners of the Vasse Coal project, LD Operations (LDO), submitted their proposal to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).
It is planning to mine underneath one of the country’s top wine growing regions, but to date has met with fierce local opposition, in particular from wine growers.
LDO managing director Peter Ross said that the proposal will allow the EPA to determine the potential impact a mine will have on the region.
He went on to say that a social impact plan will also be carried out.
Those opposing the mine have put forward that it will significantly impact the wine growing within the region and cause serious subsidence; however those in favour of the mine have hit back, claiming that underground operations will not seriously affect the region, pointing to similar operations in the Hunter Valley.
Underground operations for the mines will range from approximately 100 to 850 metres in depth and produce coking coal.