From mid-2010, GRL commissioned specialist consultancies to undertake investigations in the fields of surface water, groundwater, terrestrial and aquatic ecology, cultural and European heritage, noise and blasting, air quality, visibility, soils and land /agricultural capability, socio-economic matters, traffic and transport and geochemistry. A meteorological station was also installed. These specialists, who commenced with baseline assessments to understand the existing environment, then identified and quantified any potential negative impacts from the Rocky Hill Coal Project, with the outcomes used to assess the need for Project refinement and/or the development of measures to minimize those impacts. The outcomes of these studies, including the positive impacts, have been presented in the EIS submitted for consideration by Government and open for public comment.