Spur Hill Management Pty Ltd (SHM) manages environmental studies and approvals on behalf of the joint venture between Spur Hill U.T. Pty Ltd and Malabar Coal Ltd.
Approvals for exploration activities are obtained in accordance with the conditions of Exploration Licence (EL) 7429. SHM is seeking approval for the Spur Hill Underground Coking Coal Project under NSW legislation (Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979) and Commonwealth legislation (Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, 1999).
Spur Hill Management Pty Ltd (SHM) manages the exploration activities within Exploration Licence (EL) 7429 on behalf of the joint venture between Spur Hill U.T. Pty Ltd and Malabar Coal Ltd.
Spur Hill recently (November 2013) submitted two Review of Environmental Factors (REF) to the New South Wales Department of Trade & Investment. These REF documents sought approval for further stages of exploration within EL 7429. Approval was granted on 10 December 2013. The REF documents and associated approvals can be downloaded at the following links:
- Exploration Activities in EL7429 (REF) A copy may be downloaded here.
- EL7429: Approval to undertake Spur Hill Coal Exploration Drilling Program A copy may be downloaded here.
- Seismic Survey Program in EL7429 (REF) A copy may be downloaded here.
- EL7429: Approval to undertake Spur Hill Coal Seismic Survey Program A copy may be downloaded here.
- EL7429: Time Extension to Approved Review of Environmental Factors (REF) A copy may be downloaded here.
The Spur Hill Underground Coking Coal Project was the first new coal project in NSW to lodge an application for a Gateway Certificate (a Gateway Application). A Gateway Certificate was issued by the NSW Mining & Petroleum Gateway Panel in March 2014.
The NSW Mining & Petroleum Gateway Panel of experts concluded "that in general terms, the panel believes that the likely impacts on BSAL [biophysical strategic agricultural land] and CIC [critical industry clusters] within the Project area should be tolerable and manageable.' The recommendations of the Gateway Panel will be considered during preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement.
To view the Gateway Application and the Gateway Certificate for the Spur Hill Underground Coking Coal Project click here.
Environmental Impact Statement Process
The Spur Hill Underground Coking Coal Project is classified as State Significant Development, meaning that the NSW Minister for Planning, or the Planning Assessment Commission (under delegation) will assess the Project and make a determination.
SHM requested Environmental Assessment Requirements (EARs) from the NSW Department of Planning & Environment to inform the requirements for the Environmental Impact Statement. This request includes an overview of the Project and identifies key potential issues for further assessment. EARs were issued by the Department in July 2014.
To view the Request for EARs for the Spur Hill Underground Coking Coal Project and the EARs issued by the Department click here.
Commonwealth EPBC Act Process
SHM lodged a Referral to the Australian Department of the Environment under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, 1999 (known as the 'EPBC Act') in June 2014. To view the Referral for the Spur Hill Underground Coking Coal Project click here.
The Spur Hill Underground Coking Coal Project requires assessment and approval under the EPBC Act in relation to water resources. The Project will be assessed under the bilateral agreement with the NSW Government.
SHM is in the process of preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will include an assessment of potential impacts on water resources.
Background Air Quality Monitoring
Background Dust Monitoring Data
Spur Hill Management installed an ambient air quality monitoring device known as a ‘TEOM’ in late March 2013 to gather baseline dust concentration data in the vicinity of its Exploration Licence 7429.
Information collected from the air quality monitoring device is presented below for the information of the community.
The Spur Hill Underground Coking Coal Project is not operational and has not commenced. The data below present existing (baseline) air quality in the area.
The device measures the concentrations of particulate matter less than 10 micrometres (µm) in size (PM10), and particulate matter less than 2.5 µm in size (PM2.5). PM10 emissions can arise from a range of activities, from vehicle movements, mining activities and combustion sources. PM2.5 emissions are mainly associated with combustion sources, such as vehicles, power stations, residential wood burning and bushfires.
The location of the device is presented in the following figure.
Location of Air Quality Monitoring Device near EL 7429
Measured Data – PM10
All 24-hour average PM10 concentrations measured by the TEOM since April 2013 and are shown on the following figure.
Measured 24-hour Average PM10 Concentrations (µg/m³)(1)
Measured Data – PM2.5
All 24-hour average PM2.5 concentrations measured by the TEOM since April 2013 are shown on the following figure.
Measured 24-hour Average PM2.5 Concentrations (µg/m³)(1)
Spur Hill Management will update the data regularly following quality control checks of the data.
(1) Micrograms per cubic metre.