Case study

Wandoan Coal Project

ProjectWandoan Coal Project – Case in the Land Court of Queensland
ClientXstrata Coal Queensland
LocationNear Wandoan, southern Queensland
CompletionCourt’s Decision Delivered March 2012
Disciplines/ServiceExpert witness
WRM ContactMichael Batchelor

The Challenge

Michael Batchelor was asked to give evidence on behalf of Xstrata Coal regarding the surface water management system proposed for the project, and the potential impacts of the project on flooding.

Key Activities

The local community was concerned about coal mine water management following events during the 2010-11 wet season. There were also concerns regarding the likely impact of the project on the beneficial flooding of Mud Creek which flows through the project area. The proposed project was relatively large, and the environmental impact assessment complex. Michael provided an extensive written report to the court and provided evidence during the proceedings, clearly explaining the methodology used to model the impact of flooding on the project, the components in that system for flood containment and the design capacities of those structures.

Outcome

The court recommended that the mining leases be granted without modification to the proposed water management plan