Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Xstrata Coal to Answer Concerns on Island Terminal; Meeting at Emu Park on September 13

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Xstrata Coal to Answer Concerns on Island Terminal; Meeting at Emu Park on September 13

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Byline: Nikita Watts Nikita.Watts@capnews.com.au

A MEETING will be held in Emu Park next week with Xstrata Coal Queensland to answer questions from concerned residents about a proposed coal exporting port terminal 40km away.

The meeting was organised after the company was contacted by the Capricorn Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association (CCRRA) with a list of questions they wanted answered about the project on Balaclava Island, at the mouth of the Fitzroy River.

The 24 questions covered issues such as coal dust, rainwater and air quality, and the impact on the mainland, marine environment and people.

They were given to The Morning Bulletin and put to Xstrata Coal for answers.

Xstrata is currently conducting a feasibility study, which determines the project's economic, technical and environmental viability.

When asked about the possible dust plume, an Xstrata spokesman said the distance of the proposed terminal from other industry and residences meant it had little to no effect on air quality outside the immediate project footprint.

aAir quality in these areas will be well below the limits for dust outlined in the Queensland Government's Environmental Protection Policy (Air) guidelines,a he said.

aA network of air-quality monitors will be in place to measure air quality and to direct project operations to ensure they are managed to remain within acceptable standards.a

The group wanted to know what amount of dredging was necessary to construct the facility, to which the spokesman stated the shipping channel was naturally formed to the north of Curtis Island, but would need to be deepened to allow for vessels up to 110,000 tonnes.

The spokesman said dredging was needed to establish the berth, channel and maintenance of approximately 5.5 million cubic metres; 10% of the total dredging required for the proposed projects in the area. …

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