OPERATIONAL COAL MINES IN THE WATER CATCHMENT
Metropolitan Mine, Helensburgh. Peabody Energy
Waterways affected: Woronora reservoir catchment, including Waratah Rivulet eastern tributary
Peabody continues to operate the Metropolitan mine at Helensburgh. It plans to extend mining beneath the Woronora Reservoir.
Appin Colliery, Appin. South 32
Waterways affected: Nepean river
Russell Vale Colliery, Russell Vale. Wollongong Coal
Waterways affected: Cataract reservoir catchment
Wollongong Coal is planning to reopen the Russell Vale mine, claiming that there will be no measurable water loss. WaterNSW said in its submission to the independent panel, that the series of effects exceeding approval conditions "significantly reduces confidence in the ability of mining companies to reliably predict the likely impacts of mining activities".
Wongawilli Colliery, West Dapto. Wollongong Coal
Waterways affected: Avon Reservoir and catchment
Dendrobium Mine, Mt Kembla. South 32
Waterways affected: Cordeaux reservoir and catchment, Avon reservoir and catchment, Pheasants Nest weir catchment
At this time South 32 is proposing massive expansion of the Dendrobium mine, under the water catchment. WaterNSW has noted current mining-related surface water losses at Dendrobium alone were as much as 1.28 billion litres a year. One previously permanent water course was now dry for 1.7 kilometres, or 90 per cent of its length, causing "complete aquatic habitat loss". Species affected include the vulnerable Littlejohn's tree frog.
Tahmoor Colliery, Tahmoor. SIMEC Group
Waterways affected: Thirlmere lakes