Macquarie Pipeline construction company fined

A CONSTRUCTION company working on the controversial Macquarie River pipeline project has been fined for breaches of erosion and sediment control.

According to the Central Western Daily, LEED Engineering and Construction management has been fined $1500 for what the NSW EPA has labelled inadequate and poorly maintained erosion and sediment controls along the Macquarie Pipeline.

The Daily reports Orange City Council staff also received an official caution for poor environmental controls along the pipeline corridor.

EPA director south Gary Whytcross said the authority took action on July 2 following a complaint in May.

“The EPA investigated the matter and confirmed that there was a lack of appropriate erosion and sediment controls in some places, and in some other places they were not adequately maintained,” he said.

Mr Whytcross said, while the council was not directly responsible, it needed to ensure contractors applied good environmental practices.

The Macquarie River Pipeline which is being constructed to supply backup water to the township of Orange has been largely cricticised by rec fishing and environmental groups concerned about the impact on the river’s native fish populations and fragile ecosystem.  
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