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Question On Notice No. 1436 asked in the Legislative Council on 28 June 2018 by Hon Robin Scott

Question Directed to the: Minister for Regional Development representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum
Minister responding: Hon W.J. Johnston
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Question

(1) In reference to Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) approval of large scale blasting activities on Pinjin Station, and in the light of a DMIRS assertion that the proposed blasting activities could be undertaken in accordance with the required safety standards, including to provide adequate protection of the community, employees and the environment, can the Minster explain how the department was able to satisfy itself that ‘adequate protection’ was afforded to substantial occupied buildings including people on Pinjin Station located within 200 metres of the proposed large scale blasting?
(2) If no to (1), why not?
(3) Will the Minister table a copy of the blast guarding procedure dated 25 April 2018 lodged with the mining proposal dated 4 April 2018?
(4) If no to (3), why not?
(5) In seeking approval with DMIRS did Hawthorn Resources advise the department that people living and residing in occupied buildings located within 200 metres of proposed large scale blasting would not be required to be evacuated?
(6) If no to (5), what specifically did Hawthorn Resources advise in relation to this?
(7) If yes to (5), what specifically did they state in relation to this matter?
(8) Did DMIRS recognise that substantial risks and dangers existed to occupied buildings and people living on the station for large scale blasting proposed in the Hawthorn Resources mining proposal dated April 2018?
(9) If yes to (8), how did the department satisfy itself before giving approval that those risks and dangers were eliminated for people residing and living within occupied buildings?
(10) Can the Minister quote the specific text of what is contained in the blast guarding procedure dated 4 April 2018 lodged with DMIRS that provides more than adequate protection to eliminate the risks and dangers for people living and residing in occupied buildings with 200 metres of the proposed blasting?

Answered on 30 August 2018

  1. The proposed blasting activities and management procedures were assessed by suitably qualified staff from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.
  2. Not applicable
  3. No
  4. I have been advised that the blast guarding procedure was not lodged with the mining proposal dated 4 April 2018. I have also been advised that the blast guarding procedure is not a publicly available document, however it may be able to be accessed via the Freedom of Information Act 1992.
  5. No 
  6. Prior to each blast, a risk assessment is undertaken and a blast exclusion zone is established. The shotfirer or designated blast controller is responsible for ensuring external parties have evacuated the exclusion zone where relevant, prior to firing of any blast.
  7. Not applicable
  8. The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety assessed the risks and dangers associated with blasting activities and concluded they could be adequately managed.
  9. The proposed blasting activities and management procedures were assessed by suitably qualified staff from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.
  10. I am advised there is no Blast Guarding Procedure dated 4 April 2018.