protection for Liverpool Plains farmers with Watermark Mining influencing quality of land & waterr

Rickie Hardiman made this Government Information (Public Access) request to NSW Environment Protection Authority

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Rickie Hardiman

Dear NSW Environment Protection Authority,

I request information on protection offered to farmers in Liverpool Plains regarding mining by Watermark mines damaging groundwater and local environment

Yours faithfully,

Rickie Hardiman

Environment Line, NSW Environment Protection Authority

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Environment Line, NSW Environment Protection Authority

Dear Mr Hardiman,

Thank you for your recent enquiry through the Right to Know website.  The
NSW Environment Protection Authority issues Environment Protection
Licences to scheduled premises such as mines, with strict legally
enforceable conditions designed to protect the community and environment.
The EPA monitors compliance with the conditions and takes appropriate
action for licence breaches.

However, the EPA’s role does not encompass the regulation and approval of
water access.  For information on how water access is administered in NSW
please see:
For specific information about how provision for the mine’s access to
groundwater has been considered in the context of maintaining other users
existing access rights, please contact the Department of Industry’s Office
of Water.

There is detailed information about the Watermark Coal Project on the
Department of Planning and Environment's Major Project website, including
the groundwater impact assessment, agricultural impact statement and also
the EPA’s submission on the Environmental Impact Statement:
The Shenhua Watermark project is yet to commence, and the company is yet
to apply for an Environment Protection Licence which the EPA will use to
regulate the site to ensure compliance with the conditions of the project
approval with respect to water, noise, blasting and air emissions from the
If you require further information about the project I recommend making an
enquiry with Department of Planning and Environment:
 For more information about Environment Protection Licences please see:

I am advised by the Right to Information team that your enquiry through
the Right to Know website does not constitute a formal request for
information under the GIPA Act.  For more information about obtaining
information from EPA under the GIPA Act please see:

Senior Information Officer
Office of Environment and Heritage NSW (OEH)
And NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA)
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NSW Environment Line,

Your experience is very important to us

Dear Rickie Hardiman,

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