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Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2013
52 Whitehaven Coal Limited Annual Report 2013 5 Environment Whitehaven was the proud nancial supporter of a Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Fisheries initiative to survey a 13 kilometre stretch of the Namoi River that fronts the Vickery South project area. The initiative was designed to capture information about the quality of the local environment. Details collected along the river focused on riverbank condition, the location of weeds and the presence of in-stream habitat, including aquatic vegetation, logs (snags) and the riverbed pro le. The mapping project will also be used to guide Whitehaven in the future management and rehabilitation of the river and adjacent land. Funding for on-ground works along the Namoi Demonstration Reach is supported through the Australian Government's Clean Energy Future Biodiversity Fund. Case Study Getting to know the Namoi As outlined in the Surface Water commentary above, the ground water impacts of our Maules Creek project and the proposed extension of our Tarrawonga mine, were both reviewed by the Federal Government's Independent Expert Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Mining Development. All issues raised have been addressed in the Maules Creek approved Water Management Plan, which now represents a leading-edge environmental approach to surface and ground water management, and also deals with the cumulative impacts associated with other adjacent mining projects.
Annual Report 2012