From the ABC News website 26/6/2014
"The WA Environment Minister has given the green light for a $500 million coal export facility at Bunbury Port.
Lanco Resources wants to export up to 12 million tonnes of coal each year from Griffin Coal's Collie Basin operations.
The facility will require dredging up to 1.9 million cubic metres at the port and blasting 20,000 cubic metres of rock.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob approved Lanco's proposal on a number of conditions, including a requirement to monitor dolphin populations and not conduct blasting activities during dolphin calving periods from October to May each year.
Lanco's executive general manager David Trench says the company is happy to comply with all environmental conditions.
"We helped author some of those conditions on the basis that's the way we saw it needed to be done, so it was in consultation with the [Environmental Protection Authority]," he said.
"We are avoiding blasting at all possible opportunities."
He says the coal will travel to the port from Collie via train.
"The rail infrastructure is existing state-based rail which is managed under licence by Brookfield Rail," he said.
"It's a 74 kilometre train line from our mine site to Ewington and Muja South down through the coastal strip down into Bunbury Port."
Mr Trench says Lanco plans to use up to 12 million tonnes of the facility's planned 15 million tonne capacity.
"It's under part of our remits from the Bunbury Port Authority and State Government to build a multi-user facility so that others may enjoy the capacity that we have," he said.
Construction is expected to start in mid-2015, with the first exports planned for 2017."