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Australia: GVK Hancock’s coal terminal gets environmental approval

Date of Release: 
Oct 10 2012

Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, has approved GVK Hancock Coal’s proposed Abbot Point export terminal, which will service the $10bn Alpha thermal coal project, located in the Galilee Basin.

The Alpha Coal mine and railway to port received approval previously, in August.

GVK Hancock said it will now finalise construction and rail contracts as well as secondary approvals. First coal from the Alpha Project is scheduled for early 2016.

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Environmentalists against North Iceland Power Plant

Date of Release: 
Oct 9 2012

Nature protection NGO Landvernd has requested that preparations for a 45-90 MW geothermal power plant in Bjarnarflag near Lake Mývatn in Northeast Iceland be stopped because neither a permanent operational license nor framework agreement are at hand.

Landsvirkjun, the national power company, is working on land formation and road construction where the planned powerhouse is to be constructed, ruv.is reports.

These are extensive operations in an area measuring 800 meters in a valley west of Námafjall, a geothermal area frequently visited by tourists.

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Taiwan: Activists urge review of science parks’ water use

Date of Release: 
Oct 10 2012

The first ad hoc environmental impact assessment (EIA) meeting on changes made to the fourth-phase expansion project of the Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) to make precision machinery its core industry, was held yesterday, but environmentalists urged the government to redo EIAs for all science parks’ water usage in Taiwan instead of proceeding the project.

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Taiwan: Cabinet to review role of the EPA in investment projects

Date of Release: 
Oct 10 2012

The government is to review the role of the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) in environmental impact assessments of investment projects, Premier Sean Chen said yesterday.

The announcement came in the wake of recent rulings by the EPA that were not favorable to the proposed expansion of a Formosa Petrochemical Corp plant in Yunlin County.

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Environmental assessment for controversial Australian coal mine released

Date of Release: 
Oct 5 2012

The mining company planning a state-owned coal mine near Dunedoo says it is confident the proposal will not affect local water users.

The Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Cobbora Coal mine goes on public exhibition for six weeks from today.

It has already been questioned by the Mid-Western Regional Council which is concerned about the modelling used to collect water data.

The acting chief executive of the Cobbora Holding Company Steve Ireland says the assessment both surface and groundwater concerns.

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