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Departmental Media Release

$60,000 in penalties issued for compliance breaches leading to farmland and Crown Land damage

  • Date: 03.03.2017
  • Type: Departmental Media Release
  • Author: Department of Planning and Environment

We issued four fines worth $60,000 for planning compliance breaches on the Young to Wagga Wagga Looping Pipeline, which led to damage of farmland near Young and Cootamundra.

A Compliance Report for January 2017 released today shows breaches for Stage 2 of the pipeline from Bethungra to Young.

Our officers inspected the site and they found the company had breached some environment management controls and requirements, which led to soil and water damage at adjoining farmland

- Dr Oliver Holm, Executive Director of Resource Assessments and Compliance

Two fines worth $15,000 each were issued to the East Australian Pipeline Pty Limited, part of the APA Group, for failing to fully implement the project’s environment management plans for part of the pipeline known as “Loop 9.”

Dr Oliver Holm, Executive Director of Resource Assessments and Compliance, said an investigation was launched in response to community complaints.

“Our officers inspected the site and they found the company had breached some environment management controls and requirements, which led to soil and water damage at adjoining farmland in along the pipeline running from Young to Wallendbeen.

“It is important conditions like these are followed so that any impacts to the environment as well as private and productive land, can be managed properly and avoid damage.

“We recognise that the company cooperated with our compliance investigation and we’re also pleased to see they have made significant progress towards rehabilitating the land.

Dr Holm said a further two $15,000 penalties were issued to the construction contractors for the project, the Spiecapag Lucas Joint Venture, for failing to properly manage impacts to soil and water in relation to a separate incident on Loop 8 of the project.

“As a result of this breach, water containing sediment from the pipeline project flowed into a small creek near Hodgmans Tank, Cootamundra,” Dr Holm said.

“The joint venture companies acted immediately to manage the sediment and have also begun work to prevent further environmental damage along Loop 8.

“Our officers will continue to monitor the pipeline to make sure planning conditions are being met.

The January Compliance Report shows Department officers visited 73 major project sites around NSW to make sure planning approval conditions were being met by companies.

In total, six penalties worth $90,000 were issued to major project operators during January for breaching planning condition compliance.

January Compliance report

Full version of media release

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