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PER - J5 and Bungalbin East Iron Ore mine proposal released today 5 September 2016

PER - J5 and Bungalbin East Iron Ore mine proposal released today 5 September 2016

J5 and Bungalbun East Iron Ore mine proposal

 

released, by the EPA, to the public

 

today - 5 September 2016

 

The J5 and Bungalbin East Iron Ore mine proposal was rleased toady to the public for submissions.

Submissions can be made ONLINE (at the EPA website)

We have until the 31 October to male submissions - a period of eight weeks

 

We encourage evryone who is concerned about this mine to make a submission.

Best to focus on the aspect(s) that you are concerned about.  Also, if you have particular expertise in one area, good to focus on that area.

 

The PER is approximately 280 pages long plus appendicies. PER can be downloaded form MRL website. Note download each section individually (e.g. Executive Summary, Introduction ... etc) as total doc is ~129MB.

There are also additional Appendicies separate from the main PER document that provide details on the specific surveys conducted by consultants (e.g. fauna, flora or subterranean fauna surveys) - available on a CD from MRL (Mineral Resources Limited) as outlined in the EPA website in regard to the J5 and Bungalbin East PER.

MAP OF PROPOSED MINE AREAS ON HELENA AND AURORA RANGE - taken from the PER document (MRL 2016)

 

If you can, it will invaluable if you can address the EPA Objective and Key Environmental Values that relate to your areas of concern (listed in the Executive Summary of the PER document). All relates to impacts on Helena and Aurora Range and the Helena and Aurora Range Conservation Park.

Please don't hesitate to contact HARA (Helena and Aurora Range Advocates) if you have any questions, want to discuss any aspects of the PER or require more information.

MAPS FROM PER J5 AND BUNGALBIN EAST IRON ORE PROPOSAL - (MRL 2016)

 

Proposal to mine Bungalbin East and J5 has been submitted to EPA - have your say now!

Proposal to mine Bungalbin East and J5 has been submitted to EPA - have your say now!

 

 

J5 and Bungalbin East Iron Ore Project,

 

was referred to the EPA, yesterday, on 1 July 2014

 

This is CRUNCH TIME for Helena and Aurora Range

 

We need your support, your voice

 

to comment Online on the level of assessment

https://consultation.epa.wa.gov.au/seven-day-comment-on-referrals/j5-and-bungalbin-east-iron-ore-project/consult_view

we have from 2 July to 8 July 2014 to make a comment

any member of public can comment Online

For more info go to info-sheet

prepared by TWS and supported by HARA and WSWA

Lets Do It

Wedge-tailed Eagle photographed at Helena and Aurora Range, Easter 2014

 

Will Western Australia step forward and look after its Natural Heritage* ‘assets’?

 

Lets call for the Western Australian Government to fully protect

 

Helena and Aurora Range - Bungalbin

 

Following 34 years of scientific studies and knowledgeable people saying Helena and Aurora Range (Bungalbin) has the highest conservation and landform values,

 

It is saying CONSERVATION IS NOT IMPORTANT IN WA,

 

to suggest that it is ok in 2014 to mine part of Helena and Aurora Range (Bungalbin) for iron ore.

All of this will go - in proposed Bungalbin East iron ore mine

Helena and Aurora Range (Bungalbin) is a very special place to many people, to people that have visited and experienced this range for themselves, to people that have taken their children to the range, to people who have held their wedding on Helena and Aurora Range.

 

The Kalamai Kapurn people support efforts to preserve the area “for all generations to see and enjoy the area, it is a very important area to the Aboriginal people, it has healing powers and it remains the same today, and it is very significant to us.”  

- message from Elizabeth Sambo speaking on behalf of the Sambo family of the Kalamai Kapurn Nation in October 2013 (Launch of the Helena and Aurora Range (Bungalbin) National Park Proposal).

 

BUNGALBIN EAST

Bungalbin East looking north on some of the hills proposed to be mined

J5 of Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin, just 600 m from the main range, we all drive past it to our camp sites, a significnat part of Helena and Aurora Range

* Western Australia does not have all of its high value Natural Heritage areas protected within the 'conservation estate' as National Parks or Class A Nature Reserves. To date, since the 1960s the Western Australian Government has not gazetted any proposed Class A conservation reserves where there have been current or known potential mining interests.

TODAY On 4 June 2014 the public was notified of the EPA’s recommendation to allow J4 to be mined for iron ore - ALSO, "J4's STORY"

TODAY On 4 June 2014 the public was notified of the EPA’s recommendation to allow J4 to be mined for iron ore - ALSO, "J4's STORY"

 

 

 

TODAY

on 4 June 2014 the public was notified of the EPA's recommendation to allow J4 to be mined for iron ore

J4 is part of Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin

 

"The EPA considers that the proposal, as described, can be managed to meet the EPA’s environmental objectives for the key environmental factors identified subject to the EPA’s recommended conditions being made legally binding."

 

1. EPA NOTICE AND INFORMATION

http://www.epa.wa.gov.au/EIA/EPAReports/Pages/1511-Jackson4ironoremineandhaulroad.aspx?pageID=3290&url=EIA/EPAReports

This link provides documents avaialble for download re:

"Jackson 4 iron ore mine and haul road on M77/1242, L77/250, L77/252 and L77/254" 

including:

  • Proponent information (main report, appendicies and clarifications)
  • Response to public comments on referral
  • EPA's report presenting it's advice and recommendations (at very bottom of the page)

 

******* We have until 18 JUNE TO APPEAL the EPA'S REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS *******

 

2. FORMS TO MAKE A SUBMISSION

http://portal.environment.wa.gov.au/pls/portal/docs/PAGE/OAC/ADMIN_CONTENT/GUIDELINES%20AND%20APPEAL%20FORM/BROCHURE_ENVIRONMENTAL_IMPACT_ASSESSMENT_OAC_ONLINE_VERSION_3JUL13.PDF

http://portal.environment.wa.gov.au/pls/portal/docs/PAGE/OAC/ADMIN_CONTENT/GUIDELINES%20AND%20APPEAL%20FORM/OAC_APPEALS_FORM_JUL13-FINAL.PDF

 



 

 

J4’s Story

 

This is a short (fatalistic) story that is significant to Helena and Aurora Range

 

J4 is an iron ore deposit on Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin. Its full deposit name is Jackson 4.

 

This iron ore deposit on Helena and Aurora Range was named by Portman Iron Ore Limited in ~2000, and was the first time that this hill had been formerly referred to as Jackson, maybe to imply it was part of Mt Jackson Range? However, J4 is clearly part of Helena and Aurora Range; located at the north end of a long series of low hills (22 km long) heading out from the main range of Helena and Aurora, and has the same vegetation as the main range (e.g. Eucalyptus ebbanoensis over the dominant grass Neurachne annularis)

 

The low Banded Ironsrone Formation (BIF) hills that make up the J4 deposit support BIF dependent plants species such as Dryandra arborea (also referred to as Banksia arborea) and Grevillea georgeana.

 

Events that have occurred so far – leading towards the mining of J4

  • Exploration for iron ore was conducted on J4 in 2006, followed by more exploration to define the iron ore deposit seven years later in 2013.
  • Polaris Metals Pty Ltd put together a proposal to mine J4: “J4 Iron Ore Mine and Haul Road”. This was submitted in December 2013.
  • From 7th – 13th January 2014, the EPA invited the public to comment on the level of assessment the J4 mine proposal should receive.
  • Recommendations favoured by those supporting the protection of Helena and Aurora Range were either; an API – category B (environmentally unacceptable) or PER (Public Environmental Review) level of assessment.
  • The Environmental Protection Authority, however, gave it an API – category A level of assessment, which means that the assessment is based solely on information provided by the proponent.
  • Following their assessment the EPA on the 4 June 2014 notified the public of it's recommendation to allow mining of J4.
  • The Public now have an opportunity, a period of two weeks, to comment on the EPA’s decision.

 

Why has this happened?

Firstly, J4 was not included in the Helena and Aurora Range Conservation Park vested in 2005 as it sits within the Mt Jackson Pastoral Lease (current until 2015). This is the only area of Helena and Aurora Range within a pastoral lease, and has effectively left J4 out in the cold.

 

Secondly, although J4 is a Banded Ironstone Formation (BIF) range, it is small, ~460 to 490 m above sea level and only ~40 to 70 m above the immediate surrounding plains.

 

Thirdly, although there are Priority plant species on J4 there are no Declared Rare Flora (in particular, no Tetratheca aphylla subsp. aphylla or Leucopogon spectablis).

Looking north west along J4, a modest series of small hills with Mt Jackson in the background, drill pad in the foreground

 

Making a stand

Helena and Aurora Range Advocates (HARA), makes the stand that Helena and Aurora Range be fully protected in its entirety, including J4, as a National Park. This stand has also been made together with The Wilderness Society and The Wildflower Society of Western Australia.

 

However, for the above three reasons and as seen by recent events and decisions made, this concept is not (cannot?) supported by the regulators.

Although the proponent has caused some confusion by claiming that J4 is part of Mt Jackson Range, rather than Helena and Aurora Range, it is clearly accepted by the regulators as part of the Helena and Aurora Range.

 

The mining of J4 will effectively be the second step towards mining Helena and Aurora Range within the Conservation Park. The first, less obvious step was the establishment of the Carina mine, south of Helena and Aurora Range.

BIF outcropping and Dryandra arborea on J4

Opportunity to comment on level of assessment by EPA J4 mine and Haul Road proposal

Opportunity to comment on level of assessment by EPA J4 mine and Haul Road proposal

 

EPA invites public to comment on level of assessment for 

 

J4 Iron Ore Mine and Haul Road proposal

 

submitted by

 

Polaris Metals Pty Ltd

 
 
 

The J4 Iron Ore Mine and Haul Road proposal for Helena and Aurora Range is now open for public comment:

Polaris have finally submitted their proposal for a mine at J4 and the EPA is asking for the public to comment on the preferred level of assessment by the EPA (see link above).
Hey, J4 deposit is part of Helena and Aurora Range! see Maps and Location and scroll down to 6th map.
 

The deadline for comments is just four days away - Monday 13 January 2014

an opportunity to have your view heard

have your say now, its easy, click on the link above!

 

For more information see Facebook or feel free to email HARA (go to Contact Us)

 

NOTE: The Proponent in their submission suggests there is some uncertainty as to the demarcation of Helena and Aurora Range and Mt Jackson Range among the low BIF ranges where J4 is located and have presented J4 as being part of Mt Jackson Range.  This is not the accepted view.  In October 2012, both the EPA and the Minister for the Environment, Hon Bill Marmion recognised J4 as being "... at the western extremity of the Helena-Aurora Range".

Both J4 and J5 deposits occur on the same landform; a low line of BIF hills heading out to the north west (see Photo 2 below), starting adjacent to the main range of Helena and Aurora (see Photo 3). J5 located near the south end and J4 near the north end of the low BIF hills (see Photo 1).  This low BIF range also supports the same flora as on the main range of Helena and Aurora.

Photo 1, showing the location of the main range, J5 and J4, in respect to each other, on Helena and Aurora Range


 

Photo 2, showing the low BIF hills of Helena and Aurora Range heading out to the north west from the main range

(left side of photo is the south end, nearest the main range and includes J5; right side of photo is the north end towards J4) 

 


 

PPhoto 3, showing a closer view of the proximity of the begining of the low BIF hills (and J5) to the main range of Helena and Aurora Range

 

 

 

EPA's decision on level of assessment

EPA's decision on level of assessment

EPA has assigned level of assessment for

 

 

Jackson 5 Low Impact Drill Program on M77/1095

 

at

 

Public Environmental Review (PER)

 

6 January 2014

 

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The EPA has also provided a document outlining how it came to this decision:

 

STATEMENT OF REASONS FOR LEVEL OF ASSESSMENT

Environmental Protection Act 1986

JACKSON 5 (J5) EXPLORATION PROGRAM ON M77/1095

 


 

 

LAST DAY public can comment on the EPA OnLine Survey

LAST DAY public can comment on the EPA OnLine Survey

Public have been invited by the EPA to make comment on their Online survey for proposal:

 

Jackson 5 Low Impact Drilling Program on M77/1095, Shire of Yilgarn

 

which is on the Helena and Aurora Range

 

visit this link and have your say

 

LAST DAY TO COMMENT IS TODAY

Tuesday 10 December 2013