Thunderbird steams ahead

ALL three appeals on the Thunderbird mines works approval license and most of the appeals against the recommendations made in October 2017 by the Environmental Protection Authority have been dismissed by Western Australian Environment Minister Stephen Dawson.

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Early works have included grading of the mine entry road

The three appeals in objection to the conditions of the works approval licence issued by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation for the Thunderbird mineral sands project in the Kimberley have been rejected.

The six objections to the contents of, and recommendations in the EPA report were also dismissed, albeit with a couple of conditions. These include a requirement that Sheffield report annual greenhouse gas emissions from the project, and that the company makes all validated environmental data publicly available.

The appeals related to potential environmental impacts to fauna, flora and vegetation; Aboriginal heritage; hydrological processes and inland waters environmental quality; greenhouse gas emissions; rehabilitation; offsets; the EPA assessment p...