Phil Gorey - Dept of Mines & Petroleum - Progress of reforming environmental laws for mining

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Phil Gorey delivered the presentation at the 2014 Mining the Pilbara Conference.

The 2014 Mining the Pilbara Conference explored current projects and regulatory updates in the Pilbara region.

For more information about the event, please visit: http://www.informa.com.au/pilbaramining14

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Phil Gorey - Dept of Mines & Petroleum - Progress of reforming environmental laws for mining

  1. 1. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Progress of Reforming Environmental Laws for Mining Dr Phil Gorey
  2. 2. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Mine Closure Plan Guideline review Amendments to Mining Act 1978 Implementation of Mining Rehabilitation Fund Key changes over past 12 months
  3. 3. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Amendments to the Mining Act 1978 • Amendments in 2013 to improve transparency and streamline administration (Mining Act and the MRF Act). • Further proposed amendments – Introduce risk based regulatory system – Remove duplication of approvals – Strengthen recognition of environmental obligations
  4. 4. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Implementation of the MRF • Substantial replacements the requirement for Unconditional performance bonds with an annual fee • Also resulted in extensive dataset on mining industries environmental footprint and rehabilitation status for all Mining Act 1978 tenements across 31 different disturbance categories
  5. 5. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Reported mining and rehabilitation impacts (Pilbara Mineral Fields) Total area of live tenements in the Pilbara Total reported area of activities (cleared land) for all tenements Total reported area which has previously been disturbed and has now been rehabilitated Percent of the tenements’ area which has been disturbed (either rehabilitated or still active) Exploration Licences 147,593 53 <1 0.04 % Mining (related) tenure 9,468 196 33 2.4 % Prospecting Licences 836 <1 0 0.06 % Total 157,897 249 33 0.18 % Notes: • Data source Mining Rehabilitation Fund (DMP) submitted data for 2014 • Data extracted 1 July 2014 • Reported areas do not include tenements issued or held pursuant to a State Agreement Act • Data reflects approximately 98% of tenements with MRF reporting obligation • Data is for Mineral Fields 45, 46, 47 and 52 • “Mining (related) tenure” includes Mining Leases, General Purpose Leases and Miscellaneous Licences • All areas in km2
  6. 6. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Mine Closure Plan Guideline review • Three year review of guidelines • Jointly undertaken by DMP and EPA • Consultation undertaken in early 2014 • Updated guidelines expected towards end of 2014.

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