GRL submitted an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the amended Rocky Hill Coal Project to the Department of Planning and Environment in mid 2016.

In late 2013 a detailed EIS was exhibited for the Project. Following an agreement with Yancoal Australia to enable coal from the Rocky Hill Coal Project to be processed and despatched from Yancoal’s neighbouring Stratford Mine, the 2013 EIS was amended to reflect these and other changes that have resulted in improved outcomes for the Project and community.

GRL has adopted a high tech, best practice model for the Project in order to minimise impacts on the environment and the community in which we live and work. For example, we will offset the removal of native vegetation and fauna habitat by the permanent protection of land with equivalent or greater biodiversity values and implement management actions to remove threats, as well as re-establishing native vegetation on components of the post-mining landform and elsewhere on land we own. We will also use predictive and real-time monitoring to ensure that our operations can be readily refined in response to the actual noise and air quality emissions in the vicinity of the mine so that impacts are minimised and criteria are satisfied. The latest blasting techniques will be used to ensure minimal impact for maximum results.

Areas disturbed by the mine will be progressively rehabilitated so that the mining operations and the mine’s facilities won’t be  obvious to the eye. A range of baseline environmental monitoring programs, initiated in 2010, have provided a detailed understanding of the local environment. They will be expanded to demonstrate compliance with the strict operational guidelines which will apply to the Project if approved.

GRL has mapped the landscape in detail and will progressively rehabilitate areas of disturbance to emulate the existing landform. The Site will be rehabilitated in a manner which enables it to be returned to a combination of grazing and passive nature conservation land uses. See the existing and proposed landform comparison below (click to enlarge).


Amended Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

For more information see Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and Specialist Consultant Studies Compendium (SCSC) as the Stand-alone Summary.

A comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been prepared as part of the approval process. The EIS is underpinned by a range of studies undertaken by expert consultants in areas including, but not limited to:

  • visual amenity
  • noise and vibration
  • air quality
  • heritage
  • surface water and groundwater
  • traffic and transportation
  • terrestrial ecology
  • aquatic ecology
  • soil and land capability
  • social and economic aspects

An Agricultural Impact Statement also forms part of the overall EIS, drawing upon relevant information contained in other specialists’ studies and additional investigations identified in the relevant Guidelines.

EIS Exhibition and Response to Submissions

The amended EIS for the Rocky Hill Coal Project was placed on public exhibition between 17 of August 2016 to 14 October 2016 by the Department of Planning and Environment.

During the exhibition period, State Government authorities, Councils, community groups and members of the public had an opportunity to make submissions on the Project or seek clarification on any aspect of the proposal.

A response to the submissions received during the public exhibition phase has been submitted to the Department of Planning and Environment. The EIS, submissions and GRL’s response will be taken into consideration during the Department’s preparation of its Assessment Report.

Ask GRL a question about the Project here.

Extensive Project Approvals

Before the mine can commence operation, GRL will obtain a range of approvals under various Acts of the NSW Parliament, including:

  • Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979
  • Mining Act 1992
  • Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997
  • Water Management Act 2000
  • Roads Act 1993.

The Commonwealth Government has advised that the Project is not a controlled action. Consequently, approval of the Federal Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities is not required  under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999.

The Project will also seek necessary approvals from Mid-Coast Council for construction of buildings, structures and sewerage services.

See the project information sheets on dust, noise, visual amenity and the uses of coking coal here.