HIGH AND DRY: The Prentice family of Yamala are short of water because they say Ensham stopped monitoring the bore.
HIGH AND DRY: The Prentice family of Yamala are short of water because they say Ensham stopped monitoring the bore. Contributed

Yamala farmers left dry and blame mine

LOUISE and Tony Prentice of Jamar station, Yamala, have been left high and dry by Ensham Mine.

When the couple purchased the property three years ago, they signed a 'make-good' agreement with Ensham whereby the property's bore water levels would be monitored every four months.

"When we bought the place it was set up to use surface water so the bore was not being used at first until we could afford to equip the bore and then we started using the bore around November, 2012," Louise said.

"Then last November our bore went dry and it wasn't until then that Ensham finally listened and sent someone out to confirm the bore had dropped 20 metres.

"The bore water analysis report we have for the bore says we should have 1200 gallons of water an hour."

She said Ensham mine stopped monitoring the bore in October, 2011.

"Around the same time they commenced underground bord and pillar mining at Ensham," Louise said.

"We made numerous attempts to contact them but they didn't answer.

"We have spoken to two previous owners who used the bore without problems ... even through the last bad drought.

"We were not drawing anywhere near what the bore is capable of doing.

"We only require for stock and domestic use and only run approximately 150 cattle."

A spokesperson for Ensham mine said monitoring of the bore stopped after a review of the Environmental Authority Conditions, which showed they were only required to monitor it if requested.


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