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Penalty Notice issued to Aston Coal 2 Pty Ltd (PA 10_0138, Narrabri LGA)

18 February 2020

On 28 February 2020, the Department issued a $15,000 Penalty Notice to Aston Coal 2 Pty Ltd (owned by Whitehaven Coal Limited (WCL)) for failing to seek consent for the construction of three water pipelines and associated infrastructure to supply water to the Maules Creek Coal mine.  The pipelines, constructed on three separate properties and connected to the mines water management system, were not described in the Environmental Assessment or the project approval. The ongoing use of the pipelines was approved in a modification to the approval in December 2019.