Queensland's Progressive mining rehabilitation reforms
Legislation of new progressive mining rehabilitation requirements (PRC Plans) for Queensland mines is one step closer to passing in Parliament, with recommendation on April 20th, 2018 by the Economics and Governance Committee, formed in February that The Mineral and Energy Resources (Financial Provisioning) Bill 2018 be passed. [i] The objectives of this Bill include amendments to the Environmental Protection Act 1994, to implement mining rehabilitation reforms and allow for progressive closure and rehabilitation of mined lands.
The Queensland Government has undertaken a process of consultation inviting key stakeholders (environmental, community and industry) to provide feedback on the “Better Mine Rehabilitation for Queensland discussion paper”. The recently finalised “Mined Land Rehabilitation Policy” states:
“The Queensland Government is committed to ensuring land disturbed by mining activities is rehabilitated to a safe and stable landform that does not cause environmental harm and is able to sustain an approved post-mining land use”. Read more….
The key requirement for large Queensland Mines will involve development of a Progressive Rehabilitation and Closure Plan (PRC Plan). This will form part of the site-specific environmental authority applications for new mines, with existing mines undergoing a transition to this new framework.
Since 2008, Verterra has been providing key mining, oil and gas, and energy clients with services across a wide range of areas associated with site rehabilitation and closure planning.
As Australia’s first full-service Ecological Engineering company we offer a unique set of capabilities and experience to the mining sector to deliver innovative solutions that can reduce cost, create value and produce significant economic, social and environmental benefits.
For more details of our capability view our relevant Capability Statements and Project Summaries:
Successful Mine Rehabilitation Case Study
Mining Environmental Services Capability
Soil Science and Land Capability Assessment
ACARP – Best Management Practices of dispersive mine spoil
Collinsville (Closure Planning) Ash Dam
Collinsville (Stabilisation) Ash Dam
Commercial Timber Trial Plot Design at Meandu Mine
Detailed Land Characterisation for irrigated plantation and pasture development – Confidential (Oil and Gas)
Fairview Coal Seam Gas Water Irrigated plantation and fodder crop beneficial-use feasibility
Fairview Coal Seam Gas Water Irrigated plantation and fodder crop beneficial-use Operational Delivery Stage 1
Fairview Coal Seam Gas Water Irrigated plantation and fodder crop beneficial-use Operational Delivery Stage 2
Fairview Coal Seam Gas Water Irrigated plantation and fodder crop beneficial -use management and monitoring
Rehabilitation of mine spoil to regionally endangered semi-evergreen vine thicket
Springwater Carbon Sequestration Project
Seed and Rehabilitation Services
[i]Report No. 6, 56th Parliament Economics and Governance Committee, April 2018, P2