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Western Australian Mt Gibson iron ore project has approved water allocation of 5.5 gigalitres per annum from Tathra field, which sources Parmelia aquifer

Posted by waterweek on 21 September 2007

Western Australian Minister for Agriculture and Food Kim Chance answered two of four questions about the Mt Gibson iron ore mine and its effect on neighbouring aquifers from Greens MLC Giz Watson in the Western Australian Legislative Council on 28 August 2007.

Water allocation: Asked to detail the fresh water requirements for the proposed Mt Gibson Iron Ltd iron ore mine, including the proposed magnetite slurry pipeline, and where this water would come from, Chance replied: “The Mt Gibson iron ore project has an approved water allocation of 5.5 gigalitres per annum from the Tathra field, which sources the Parmelia aquifer.”

Other mines target aquifers: In response to a question whether any other proposed future iron ore mines were also targeting these aquifers, the Minister answered “Yes”, without elaboration. Chance referred questions on the current usage and recharge for the target aquifers and any dependence of groundwater-dependent ecosystems on the aquifers to the Minister for Water Resources.

Reference: Giz Watson, Greens (WA) MLC for the North Metropolitan Region, Legislative Council, Western Australia, 28 August 2007.

Erisk Net, 12/9/2007

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