New Acland Coal Mine Stage 3 Project
|EIS status||EIS active|
|Description||Expansion of the existing New Acland open-cut coal mine, from 4.8 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) to up to 7.5 Mtpa.|
|Proponent||New Acland Coal Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of New Hope Corporation Limited|
|Location/s||35 km north-west of Toowoomba. Map|
|Local government/s||Toowoomba Regional Council|
The original terms of reference (TOR) for the project's EIS were finalised in October 2007 and New Acland Coal submitted the original EIS to the Coordinator-General in November 2009.
However, in response to concerns raised in March 2012 by the incoming Queensland Government about the project's potential impacts, the proponent modified the project, including reducing its scope.
The modified project proposal is now 63 per cent, or 2,300 hectares, smaller than the original proposal.
New Acland Coal also proposes to move the existing Jondaryan rail coal load-out facility onto the mine site. An eight-kilometre rail spur would connect the facility to the existing rail line.
Due to these modifications, the Coordinator-General's environmental impact assessment of the project has recommenced, beginning with new draft TOR for an EIS.
On 9 November 2012 the Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities confirmed it had accepted the modified project proposal. The controlling provisions for the assessment of the project under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cwlth) are unchanged.
The project's impacts on matters of national environmental significance are being assessed under a bilateral agreement process.
For more information about the modifications to the project, read the Revised project overview ( 2.2 MB).
Environmental impact statement (EIS) process
|Currently||New EIS being prepared by proponent.|
|22 March 2013||New terms of reference for EIS ( 447 KB) released
|1 December 2012 to
4 February 2013
|New draft terms of reference for EIS public consultation.|
|14 November 2012||Confirmation by state government that, due to modifications to the project, including reductions to its scope, the EIS process would restart at the draft terms of reference for EIS stage.|
|9 November 2012||Modifications to project proposal accepted by Commonwealth Environment Minister.|
|14 November 2009 to
3 February 2010
|Original EIS public consultation|
|24 October 2007||Original terms of reference for EIS ( 575 KB) released.|
|21 July 2007 to
20 August 2007
|Original draft terms of reference for EIS public consultation.|
|24 May 2007||Project deemed a 'controlled action' by Commonwealth Environment Minister.|
|18 May 2007||Gazettal of 'coordinated project' declaration.|
|24 April 2007||Application, including initial advice statement ( 483 KB), submitted.|
|23 April 2007||Project referred to Commonwealth Environment Minister.|
Separate EIS for water pipeline
The construction of a water pipeline from the Wetalla Wastewater Reclamation Facility in Toowoomba to the mine (one component of the proposed project) was expedited by the proponent, in accordance with section 32(1)(b) of the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971.
This section of the Act allows proponents to prepare a separate environmental impact statement (EIS) that addresses the terms of reference relating to a particular component of a project.
The Coordinator-General has recommended construction of the Wetalla Water Pipeline proceed, subject to conditions and recommendations.
The remainder of New Acland Coal Mine Stage 3 is still being assessed.
- New Acland project evaluation moves forward (26 March 2013)
- Proponent revises New Acland Expansion project (14 November 2012)
* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.