Walk or talk – is the current mine approval process in Queensland delivering rehabilitation and closure success?

White, O., Maczkowiack, R. I., Erskine, P. D. and Baumgartl, T. (2012). Walk or talk – is the current mine approval process in Queensland delivering rehabilitation and closure success?. In: Life-of-Mine 2012: Conference Proceedings. Life of Mine Conference (AusIMM), Brisbane, Australia, (59-68). 10- 12 July 2012.

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Author White, O.
Maczkowiack, R. I.
Erskine, P. D.
Baumgartl, T.
Title of paper Walk or talk – is the current mine approval process in Queensland delivering rehabilitation and closure success?
Conference name Life of Mine Conference (AusIMM)
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 10- 12 July 2012
Proceedings title Life-of-Mine 2012: Conference Proceedings
Place of Publication Carlton North, VIC, Australia
Publisher The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM)
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9781921522666
Start page 59
End page 68
Total pages 10
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Queensland legislation, industry codes and policies relating to mine rehabilitation and closure create the expectation of successful progressive rehabilitation and that the post-mining environment is being returned to a condition suited to a pre-agreed, beneficial end use. Yet none of the rehabilitated mined land in the Bowen Basin has been certified as successful by authorities suggesting there is a gap between current rehabilitation and the full environmental outcomes that the legislation could deliver. We tested the veracity of this perspective and reflect on where responsibility for any discrepancy lies.

We first reviewed current Queensland legislation and industry codes relating to stakeholder engagement, rehabilitation, closure planning and post-mining land use. We tested the accessibility of the documentation trail for several recent coal-mining projects in the Bowen Basin and examined the level of detail in approval documentation. We then assessed the rehabilitation performance reports of these mines in relation to the contents of their approval documents.
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Conference theme 'Maximising Rehabilitation Outcomes'

 
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Created: Fri, 14 Dec 2012, 09:19:15 EST by Thomas Baumgartl on behalf of Centre For Mined Land Rehabilitation