Government submits Carmichael mine EIS

Posted October 27, 2015

Abbot Point coal export facilities near Bowen.

Abbot Point coal export facilities near Bowen.

 

The Carmichael coal project is one step closer to approval following the submission of the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for dredging and construction works at the Abbot Point coal port.

The final decision on the port’s development now lies in the hands of the Commonwealth Government.

“Expansion at Abbot Point is a critical piece of the puzzle for development of the Galilee Basin,” state development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said.

“The expanded port would export coal from Carmichael mine to international markets, creating significant jobs and investment opportunities for Queenslanders.

“This is significant progress for the Galilee Basin proponents and the regional communities looking forward to the job opportunities and economic development this project offers.”

Today’s EIS follows the Commonwealth’s re-approval of the EIS for the Carmichael mine and associated rail infrastructure earlier this month.

The Commonwealth Minister for the Environment now has 40 business days to review the EIS volumes and decide whether the project should proceed, and if so, under what condition.

Read the Final EIS

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