by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2013
40 Whitehaven Coal Limited Annual Report 2013 Whitehaven also received a caution notice from the Department of Planning and Infrastructure relating to a trucking trial undertaken by our Narrabri underground during a four week rail outage in December. The rail outage meant that all other rail users, including general freight and the grain industry, commenced trucking along the impacted stretch of rail. Under its consent conditions, the Narrabri mine is not permitted to send any coal from the mine by truck. After detailed consultation with local and state government, road users and local landholders a small number of covered coal trucks travelled from the site over a 24-hour period. Whitehaven personnel monitored the trial at a number of points along the route, including loading and unloading. While Whitehaven was pleased with the level of professionalism shown by its haulage contractor the Company believed the risks associated with the extra tra c (from other rail users) and interaction with other heavy vehicles was unacceptable, and the trial ceased. No regulatory action was taken by the Department as the trial ceased prior to receiving the notice. During the year Whitehaven also received the two PINs for a breach at one of the dams on the Werris Creek site, that occurred in March 2012. Fines associated with the PINs totalled $4,500. Ongoing audit process Whitehaven's projects are subject to Independent Environmental Audit on a cyclical basis, in accordance with Project Approval requirements. During FY2013, our Rocglen project was subject to an independent audit which has been submitted to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure for approval. The audit found: "Whitehaven Coal has implemented comprehensive environmental management and monitoring systems at its Rocglen Coal mine, including environmental management controls for both construction and operation. Whitehaven Coal's management team and environmental personnel have shown considerable commitment to environmental performance at the site. This is re ected through the overall positive responses received from government agencies interviewed for the audit as well as the general compliance with environmental performance found as part of this audit." (Umwelt: 2013) Whitehaven's other operating projects including Narrabri underground, Rocglen, Sunnyside, Tarrawonga and Werris Creek were all subject to audit during 2011, with these results available on the Whitehaven website. Narrabri, Sunnyside, Tarrawonga and Werris Creek operations will be due for audit during FY2014, with Maules Creek's rst audit due in FY2015. 5 Environment
Annual Report 2012