Your chance to comment (read the letter to Mr. Jim Betts first).
- Resource Assessments branch of DPIE has waited until pipeline network and ancillary infrastructure completed, before retrospectively calling for Modifications of Maules Creek mine approval
- During the construction period, DPIE relied solely on Whitehaven Coal’s alleged legal advice that the development did not require planning approval
- By doing so, the DPIE has granted Whitehaven a benefit, in that they are now claiming a “continuing use” which would not have been possible had the DPIE conducted itself in accordance with its own Compliance Policy
- DPIE has misunderstood its Compliance Policy by thinking that cutting red tape is their overriding responsibility over and above ensuring regulatory compliance
- Whitehaven Coal water farming modification raises questions of corruption under ICAC Act.
URGENT LETTER 20 December 2019 to:
Mr Jim Betts, Secretary, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, GPO Box 39, Sydney NSW 2001
Please submit your objection to these modifications to: Rose-Anne.Hawkeswood@planning.nsw.gov.au (click on images below for the documentation) or go to: https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/major-projects/project/14591