OPERATIONAL COAL MINES IN THE WATER CATCHMENT

Metropolitan Mine, Helensburgh. Peabody Energy

Waterways affected: Woronora reservoir catchment, including Waratah Rivulet eastern tributary

Peabody is currently mining beneath Woronora Reservoir, which supplies water to the Sutherland Shire.

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

POWA recognises that the traditional owners of the regions spanning Sydney's water catchment have never ceded sovereignty of their lands and waters.

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