Coal terminal operator in water quality deal with State
The company said the agreement brought court proceedings relating to stormwater release at its coal terminal site near Bowen
during Cyclone Debbie to an end.
A spokeswoman said Abbot Point Operations had continued to evolve and improve environmental management practices over the past two years.
“As part of this commitment to continually improve our environmental management, we welcome the Queensland Government’s acceptance of an Enforceable Undertaking application that we lodged voluntarily in order to deliver additional water quality monitoring at our site,” she said.
“This Enforceable Undertaking will help ensure positive environmental outcomes are achieved in the near-term instead of continuing prolonged court proceedings in the Magistrates Court related to an alleged floodwater release during Cyclone Debbie.”
A planned automated water quality monitoring system would be installed in addition to the three-year major infrastructure upgrade program currently underway at the terminal to improve water and environmental management, the spokeswoman said.
More than $15 million in upgrades are being completed at Abbot Point, where projects have included increasing the volume of water storage ponds, upgrading a bund wall, new piping and pump facilities, as well as an early works program on the redesign of remaining water management infrastructure at other release points.
“Further upgrades will be delivered by 2021 and will include: design and construction of an additional water storage pond, upgrades to all other release points, including upgrades to sumps, pumps, and piping,” the spokeswoman said.
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