Environment Minister Reece Whitby has upheld a decision by the State’s environmental regulator allowing Mineral Resources to build a haul road alongside Andrew Forrest’s Minderoo cattle station. The road will link the Ashburton port to MinRes’ planned Bungaroo South mine, part of a $3 billion project to develop an iron ore precinct in the West Pilbara. Mr Forrest’s Harvest Road and Forrest Pty Ltd challenged the Environmental Protection Authority’s decision in March, arguing the impact on his pastoral station had not been properly assessed. More than 500 daily truck movements were expected on the 125km road, with Harvest highlighting the impact of light, noise and vibration on cattle. A second appellant raised concerns about native animals. But the State’s Office of the Appeals Convenor recommended the EPA approval be upheld with minimal changes, however, paving the way for Mr Whitby’s decision on Monday. Mr Whitby’s ruling said no further assessment of the road proposal was necessary because the EPA had adequately considered its impact. Harvest Road was contacted for comment. MinRes made a final investment decision on the Onslow iron ore development in August 2022. The project is a step towards the miner’s hopes of expanding its iron ore production from about 20 million tonnes a year to 90mtpa.