IRONSTONE COMMUNITY ACTION GROUP Inc.
Monday 19th March 2012
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RE: Notice of Request to CANCEL current submission period of Gloucester/Duralie Coal 7.3.12 to 23.3.12 (08_0203)
ICAG Inc. is writing to request the IMMEDIATE CANCELLATION of the current submission period for “Duralie Rail Hours Modification Environmental Assessment (08_0203)”.
The Submission period (7/3/12 to 23/3/12) is “Null and Void”. The submission period closes on Friday 23rd March 2012 and
MUST be CANCELLED IMMEDIATELY.
- The Dust & Noise Reports are two (2) of many Conditions stipulated by Judge Preston of the Land & Environment Court. These Reports were to be uploaded on Gloucester/Duralie Coal’s website three (3) months from approval
on 10th November 2011, no later than 10th February 2012. These documents have
NOT been uploaded on Gloucester Coal’s website, (a stipulation of Judge Preston’s Conditions), thereby
NOT being accessible to the general public. As these documents relate to “train movements”, it is therefore only right that people should be able to access in advance, of any submission period. ICAG Inc. & general
public/groups being thrust into ‘an illegal submission period 7/3/12 to 23/3/12’, with
ALL relevant information not available for people to read is UNACCEPTABLE!
- Simulated dust studies held at Newcastle Uni to measure coal dust.
ICAG Inc. & ‘We the People’ object to simulated dust studies: - We expect the dust monitoring to be conducted in the Gloucester-Stroud valley. Not in Newcastle Uni and/or away from this valley. People's homes inside/outside and in their tank water
show the true affects of the impacts Gloucester Coal/Duralie & Stratford Coal mines are having in this valley. If Consultants were prepared to actually report on the coal dust in/outside people’s houses & tank water. ICAG Inc. would be pleased to introduce
Consultants to property owners affected by coal dust from Gloucester Coal mines: - Duralie Coal & Stratford Coal.
- Many people would have allowed the Consulting Company to take dust samples. If only people in our valley had been advised by letter in advance, giving property owners an opportunity to nominate their property, living
both along the railway line and those other properties affected by coal mining dust from Duralie Coal and Stratford Coal. ICAG Inc. would still introduce Consultants if they were willing?
ICAG Inc. does not understand how, the Planning Department has allowed this application to move forward thus far, without the ‘dust & noise reports’ being available. We see this as being an unnaturally accelerated rush through misrepresentation by
documents being withheld from ICAG Inc. and the community. This practice is wrong and should be seen as completely unlawful & breaches the Conditions of Judge Preston.
To allow this submission period to continue, without cancellation is unethical, undemocratic and negligent.
How can people raise objection letters to an Environmental Assessment when two (2) documents relevant to train movements are inaccessible to ICAG Inc. & the general public?
ICAG Inc. would like to take this opportunity to remind the Planning Department/DPI, Gloucester Coal/Duralie & Stratford Coal of their responsibilities under these Conditions set down by Judge Preston of the Land & Environment Court and their continued
responsibility in having all expected reports via Conditions stipulated by Judge Preston to be finished & uploaded onto Gloucester Coal’s website by three (3) months from approval date. As this has
NOT happened in the time frame as yet, we suggest these reports and other Condition reports required are forwarded to ICAG Inc. as well as being uploaded to Gloucester Coal’s website for the general public to access
in a timely manner.
On Saturday 17th March 2012, ICAG Inc. was informed a form letter from Gloucester Coal “Gloucester Basin” was sent to one property in Wards River, dated 2 February 2012 “Duralie Coal Mine Study Of Dust Emissions
From Laden Trains Proposed Methodology and Preliminary Results”. Yet no one else affected by dust & train movements of Wards River, other towns or anyone else raising these issues were sent a letter. Not even the people that raised these issues in Gloucester
Court House and handing their information to Judge Preston on the day. ICAG Inc. Secretary Amanda Albury was one of those people, who spoke about train noise, coal dust impacts on people within this valley. Yet Amanda did not receive any letter alerting
her, she could obtain a copy of the Report/s by phoning Rachael Windrum of Gloucester Coal.
HOW can people raise objection letters to the NSW Planning Department/DPI when this documentation regarding the train movements (noise/dust Reports) has NOT been made public?
This letter should have been sent to everyone along the railway line for all interested parties to obtain a copy of these reports. Including people who raised the issues in Court at Gloucester, or through submissions.
ICAG Inc. request: that all future reports or correspondence relating to the Conditions implemented by Judge Preston are forwarded to our Secretary Amanda Albury.
Gloucester/Duralie & Stratford Coal not satisfied with Judge Preston stipulating 7am to 10pm shuttle train movements is seeking 6am to 1am the following morning. Even Judge Preston acknowledged people living along the railway line are affected by
train noise and dust, making comment to coal wagons not being covered unlike trucks on roads that are. 6am-1am shuttle trains would be disrespectful to people. Export train North and South is continuing to impact people, making their lives a misery. Property
owners will need more than a box of earplugs given to one Wards River resident after being sleep disturbed, and was asked to share ear plugs to people who were also sleep disturbed in Wards River Township by Duralie Coal.
This Application shows Gloucester Coal/Duralie & Stratford Coal's complete disregard for their mining impacts on people, environment/wildlife and so very quick to try to have overturned Judge Preston's Conditions only finalised on 10th
February 2012, which shows a complete lack of respect to all.
Gloucester/Duralie & Stratford Coal have failed to bring to the attention of ICAG Inc., including other groups & the general public as requested by Judge Prestons Conditions, that these documents amongst others were to be made public by being
accessible on their website, three (3) months from 10th November 2011 (approval date).
ICAG Inc. therefore request on behalf of individuals/groups: that Gloucester/Duralie Coal’s Application & submission period (Wednesday 7th March 2012 to Friday 23rd March 2012) is rescinded and stamped "null and void'.
Amanda Albury – Secretary PH: 4997-5979
Ironstone Community Action Group Inc. (ICAG Inc.)