In our view, the documents exhibited in support of the MOD 3, namely the EA and the Subsidence Assessment do not provide sufficient certainty for the community that the subsidence predictions will remain at the levels set out in the Subsidence Assessment. Accordingly, it is imperative that if the MOD 3 is approved conditions of consent such as those set out are imposed to make it clear that the maximums currently allowed under the 1993 Consent are no longer acceptable.
Whilst we do not concede that the modification should be granted on any condition, if it is to be, it should be conditional on subsidence not exceeding 125mm, and extraction not exceeding the previously limits, as referred to by Keith Muir.
Monitoring of water usage from surface and groundwater sources, and its return to the environment by an independent company nominated by the Office of Water and paid for by Centennial should be a condition of any company nominated by the Office of Water and paid for by Centennial should be a condition of any approval of the modification application. All monitoring results should be made public.
Issued by; Capertee Valley Alliance Inc.