Media Statement Wollangambe River Clean Up Progress

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The clean up of the Wollangambe River is continuing following the environmental incident at Clarence Colliery on 2 July 2015.

Centennial is using a number of clean-up methods to remove any coal fines, with nearly two kilometres of the riverbed already benefiting from clean-up activities. To limit downstream movement of any coal fines in the river six in-stream barriers have been strategically erected.

 The removal of coal fines is being done using hand tools and a small suction pump. Coal fines are then bagged and transported by helicopter to Clarence Colliery. As of 7 September 2015, 48.6 tonnes of coal fines have been removed.

 Centennial will provide a progress report to the EPA, including a further update with respect to the length of the river that has been cleaned and the quantity of coal fines removed by 15 September 2015.

 The clean-up of the drainage line on the hillside has been completed and this area has now been rehabilitated.

 Centennial has continued to work with the relevant State agencies and is complaint with both EPA Clean-Up Notices.

 2 October, 2015

 

All external enquiries must be directed to:

Katie Brassil (Executive General Manager External Affairs)

Phone: 4935 8937 Mobile: 0419 356 690   

Email: katie.brassil@centennialcoal.com.au