A Chinese mining giant is being accused of underestimating the impact a proposed open cut mine will have on groundwater on the New South Wales Liverpool Plains.
The University of New South Wales’ Water Research Laboratory conducted a study into the Shenhua Watermark Mine’s environmental impact statement (EIS), and in particular its findings around the project’s potential effect on water.
The research was commissioned by the Caroona Coal Action Group (CCAG), which is opposed to the project.
The study has found that the modelling used by the mining company was flawed, because it relied upon incorrect data on the storage volume of groundwater aquifers.
“The values used were implausibly high based on our research,” Ian Acworth, UNSW Emeritus Professor, said.