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Taroborah Coal project EIS draft released

THE Taroborah Coal project has taken another step forward, with the release of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released.

The project is an open-cut coal mine, 22km west of Emerald, which holds about 202 million tonnes of thermal coal.

Emerald residents have expressed concerns about the project in the past surrounding the number of coal trains travelling through the town if the project was to eventuate.

Project manager David Thomas said the company expected the train flow would have a "minimal" impact on locals.

 

"We expect a maximum of three trains each way through the town a day," Mr Thomas said.

"This should have minimal impact on traffic, and we are committed to working with the government and the council to ensuring the best possible outcomes."

 

Former state MP and mining community advocate Jim Pearce said rail traffic was "always an issue".

"I'd say that any increase in rail traffic through a community is always an issue that sparks the interest of the local community," Mr Pearce said.

"We all want to see these projects get up, it's important for Queensland and our local workforces, but at the same time we don't want to see projects come in and negatively impact communities; we will need to wait and see."

 

Mr Thomas acknowledged impacts on landholders.

"We've done a lot of work on this to get the best possible outcome for the local community and we are very happy with the results," he said.

"There will be some impacts on the local community, but we believe we can keep them to a minimum. Certainly there will be very little impact on most people, unless they are right on top of the mine, or very close to it."

The draft EIS revealed the project had a construction life of 18 months and an expected operating life of 20 years.

The EIS submission process began on Wednesday and ends on June 26.


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