Australian Potash Ltd (ASX:APC) has received content from the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to proceed with minor and preliminary works at the Lake Wells Sulphate of Potash Project (LSOP) near Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.
This decision is in advance of the EPA’s pending report on the LSOP development proposal, as detailed in the Environmental Review Document (ERD), and the decision by the Minister for Environment once he has considered the recommendation made in that report.
Ministerial approval is required by all of the SOP projects being proposed or developed in WA, and APC’s LSOP proposal is the most advanced in the EPA assessment process.
Stage-3 of EPA process
Managing director and CEO Matt Shackleton said: “As flagged in recent announcements, we are very pleased to advise further progress in the approvals pathway for the Lake Wells SOP project.
“Our team has been working closely with the EPA to ensure all aspects of the proposed LSOP development meet or exceed required standards for the protection of the broader environment at Lake Wells.
“The LSOP’s Environmental Review Document (ERD) is now at Stage-3 of the four-stage EPA assessment process.
“Concurrently, the company applied to proceed with what are referred to as Minor and Preliminary Works.
“The EPA is willing to grant this approval ahead of its recommendations to the Minister for Environment on the full development, when a company can demonstrate responsible, recoverable and minimal impact on the environment, of these works.”
Location of minor and preliminary works
The minor and preliminary works of this consent include upgrading the camp access track to more durable and all-weather access conditions as well as constructing the western bore-field, pond perimeter and eastern bore-field tracks.
It also includes building a construction village and developing several borrow areas to source material.