Water as risk in mining – media analysis and the RISKGATE body of knowledge

Shi, M., Kirsch, P. A., Vink, S. and Harris, J. (2014). Water as risk in mining – media analysis and the RISKGATE body of knowledge. In: Life-of-Mine 2014: Delivering sustainable legacies through integrated life-of-mine planning. Life-of-Mine 2014, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (205-217). 16-18 July 2014.

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Author Shi, M.
Kirsch, P. A.
Vink, S.
Harris, J.
Title of paper Water as risk in mining – media analysis and the RISKGATE body of knowledge
Conference name Life-of-Mine 2014
Conference location Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Conference dates 16-18 July 2014
Convener David Mulligan
Proceedings title Life-of-Mine 2014: Delivering sustainable legacies through integrated life-of-mine planning
Series The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Publication Series No 4/2014
Place of Publication Carlton, VIC, Australia
Publisher AUSIMM
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781925100082
Start page 205
End page 217
Total pages 13
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Across the life-of-mine, water is both an essential commodity to mining, and one of the most significant hazards. In Australia, a land of drought and floods, availability of water is a critical strategic risk for mine sites and neighbouring stakeholders, with both insufficient water leading to curtailed operations and contested space, and extreme water closing operations through flooding of mine sites, transportation infrastructure and unplanned regulatory restrictions. In addition to these major strategic risks, water must be addressed in operational risk management activities in many different ways. This paper develops a set of categories for classification of water risks based on academic papers from the water in mining literature. These categories are applied to media content analysis of articles in International Longwall News (ILN) (an online coal industry news site) obtained with the search terms ‘water’, ‘rain’ and ‘flood’. Identified risks are discussed within the context of the life-of-mine. The paper uses these same categories to analyse the treatment of water risks in a new coal industry risk management body of knowledge called RISKGATE (http://www.riskgate.org, Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre, The University of Queensland). The discussion of water risks in both INL and RISKGATE is compared and contrasted to pinpoint opportunities (and a roadmap) for further development of a specific RISKGATE water module for site-based operations. The media review also identifies areas for development of RISKGATE expansion topic(s) that would address other strategic water risks, eg severe weather events.
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes http://www.lifeofmine2014.ausimm.com.au/

 
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