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EPBC Approval 3D Seismic Program

When the Crinum M Block Project sought to conduct a 3D seismic program within a Brigalow Endangered Ecological Community (EEC), Michael Vincent as an employee of BHP Billiton, was responsible for the EPBC approvals process.

MTV’s Michael Vincent arranged for a baseline assessment of the Brigalow EEC and coordinated the preparation of a referral under the EPBC Act. He negotiated with the mine exploration team to reduce the extent of proposd vegetation clearing to within limits acceptable to the Federal Government (SEWPAC).

The Government ruled that Assessment via Preliminary Documentation only, would be sufficient.  This was a good outcome for the Project, as it meant an approval timeframe of only 5-8 months rather than a full-blown approval process, which would have taken 12-18 months to obtain, thus causing significant delays to the Project.

EPBC Approval 3D Seismic Program




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