THE NSW government has released Kepco's environmental impact statement (EIS) for its Bylong mine despite a continuing investigation into how false photographs were used to back a coal mine drilling application.
NSW Trade and Investment ordered Kepco to suspend operations on its Bylong exploration lease after the company supplied photos of flat paddocks to support a drilling application on Craig Shaw's property, Oakdale.
Mr Shaw complained to the department after producing photographs of the actual sites showing steep, rocky terrain that Kepco had already conceded might require helicopter access for drilling to proceed.
The Department of Planning rejected Mr Shaw's request to delay public exhibition of the EIS until the Trade and Investment investigation was finalised.
"The investigation is about whether Kepco is prepared to tell outright porkies to get what it wants," Mr Shaw said.
"Letting the EIS go on exhibition while this fundamental question of integrity is unresolved is like the Planning Minister saying, 'We don't really care all that much about honesty'."