Mines fined on water release
THE State Government has handed a Central Queensland mine a $2000 fine and another a warning for breaches of their water discharge permits into the Fitzroy River's catchment.
The latest Fitzroy Basin Water Quality and Coal Mine Status update details the punishments handed to German Creek and Cook mines respectively by the Department of Environment and Heritage.
German Creek was hit with a penalty infringement notice, carrying the $2000 fine, for an unauthorised release of mine-affected water in February. The risk of environmental harm related to this breach was deemed low.
Cook Mine's breach of a condition of its Transitional Environmental Program was assessed as having very low environmental harm.
The newsletter also says two more CQ mines, Rolleston and Goonyella Riverside, have been added to the list of those the department is assessing for alleged mine water breaches.
The two were among five that released water into the system in June.
Potential compliance matters are being assessed at Peak Downs, Callide, Rolleston and Goonyella mines.
Meanwhile, the salinity level of water in the Fitzroy River, measured at The Gap, was uS/cm 387, which is well down on the high levels recorded several months ago.