Speaker presentations from “Cleaning up after the miners: are you OK with footing the bill?”
22 August 2016
There was an excellent turnout to last week’s EDO LawJam: ‘Cleaning up after miners walk away: Are you ok with footing the bill?’
The key points identified by our three speakers were:
1. Ensure experienced, independent environmental departmental officers are employed by the Department and enlisted to assist with environmental management of abandoned mine sites;
2. Independent assessment of what bonds should be;
3. Provide high, strict standards for rehabilitation companies should have working towards;
4. Invest more money into research for solutions;
5. Change the planning system so that miners are forced to plan for closure from the point of application, and that the miners can be held to implement their plans;
6. Cash bonds are required by the government up front, can be over first 1-5 years of operation if need be – use interest to fund rehabilitation of abandoned mines;
7. Require progressive rehab, with strict standards that are enforceable if they are not achieved – ensure this is quantified percentage of disturbance area each year;
8. Work to engage the public so that they are informed of the issue;
9. Put systems in place to avoid regulatory capture by the industry.
A massive thank you to our fantastic speakers:
Rick Humphries, Mine Rehabilitation Reform Campaign Coordinator, Lock the Gate
Thank you also to all of you who came along!
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