OAKAJEE RAIL PROJECT – FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
Murchison Metals Limited (“Murchison”) advises that the Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (“SEWPaC”) has granted approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act for Oakajee Port & Rail’s (“OPR”) proposed rail development.
SEWPaC’s determination represents a significant step in the approvals process for the Oakajee infrastructure project, with a determination on Commonwealth approval for the project’s port terrestrial development anticipated for later this year.
As reported previously, the Environmental Protection Authority of Western Australia has recommended approval under Part IV of the State Environmental Protection Act for both the port and rail developments. Formal approval by the State Environment Minister for the Oakajee infrastructure project is anticipated in the September Quarter 2011.
The details and conditions of SEWPaC’s approval are available at www.environment.gov.au.
Murchison and Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd each hold a 50% economic interest in OPR.
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