A proposal by South32 Illawarra Coal to make modifications to the Bulli Seam Operations at Appin and West Cliff Mines will be on exhibition from today for community consultation.
The Department of Planning and Environment is keen to hear the community’s views on the proposal which seeks to more effectively manage methane gas during mining in order to maintain safety during longwall mining operations.
The project will involve constructing a pipeline between two existing ventilation shafts to convey the gas to the gas extraction plant operated by Energy Developments Limited for electricity generation.
The pipeline will mostly be buried beneath the surface along Brooks Point Road.
The modification request also seeks to consolidate two project approvals into one and to provide up-to-date project information via a telephone hotline instead of the project’s Appin shopfront.
A spokesperson for the Department of Planning and Environment said the local community always has an opportunity to share their views.
“Community consultation is an integral part of the planning process and the applicant will have to respond to the feedback we receive,” the spokesperson said.
“This feedback is taken into consideration as part of the assessment.
“It’s easy to participate by going online and we encourage everyone to take a look and have their say.”
To make a submission, visit www.majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au.
Submissions can be made from Friday, 8 July until Monday, 8 August 2016.
Source: NSW Government
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