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Wednesday, 14 May 1980
Page: 2257

Senator Mason asked the Minister representing the Minister for Science and the Environment, upon notice, on 23 April I 980:

(   1 ) What Government environmental inquiries have been conducted in relation to the Rundle Oil Shale project.

(   2 ) What have been the results of these inquiries.

(3)   Will the Government extend these inquiries to include a full public inquiry under the provisions of section I 1 of the Environmental Protection (Impact of Proposals) Act, 1974; if not, why not.

Senator Chaney - The Minister for Science and the Environment has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   None.

(2)   None, see ( I ) above.

(3)   I have directed the preparation and submission of an environmental impact statement under the terms of the Environmental Protection Administrative Procedures. I consider that the preparation and public review of this impact statement will enable the identification of environmental issues arising from this project. Following the public review, I will consider the need for any additional information on the proposal and the manner in which such information should be sought.

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