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Question Without Notice No. 680 asked in the Legislative Council on 25 June 2019 by Hon Diane Evers

Minister responding: Hon W.J. Johnston
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

MINING — GINGILUP–JASPER WETLAND SYSTEM

680. Hon DIANE EVERS to the minister representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum:

I refer to exploration licence E70/5200 in the Gingilup–Jasper wetlands area.

(1) Is the minister aware that part of the exploration licence is in an area identified as having moderate to high risk of acid sulphate soils?

(2) Did the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety assess the potential disturbance of acid sulphate soils during any exploration activity; and, if not, why not; and, if yes, what were the results?

(3) Did the department seek the advice of, or collaborate with, any other state government department on this issue; and, if yes, which department or departments?

(4) Did the department communicate with the Environmental Protection Authority about the conservation area or the dieback risk zone area; and, if not, why not; and, if yes, what was the conclusion?

(5) Is the department part of any acid sulphate soils working group or committee; and, if yes, who are the department's representatives?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question. The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for Mines and Petroleum.

(1) Yes. However, in the event that there is to be disturbance on any specific part of the licence, the disturbance would be subject to appropriate assessment.

(2) Yes. Only low-impact, shallow drilling is currently proposed on existing tracks, which presents a low acid sulphate soil disturbance risk.

(3) No. However, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety maintains close relationships with other agencies to ensure that its assessment methodologies are appropriate.

(4) No. DMIRS has approved one program of work on the exploration licence. The proposed activities in this program do not intersect with a conservation reserve and would be unlikely to impact on the reserve; hence, no communication with the EPA was necessary. Dieback management was assessed by DMIRS during the program of work assessment. The tenement holder is required to adhere to a dieback management plan.

(5) No.