Mining and the environment

By Michael Sheng and Jeff Lynn, Blake Dawson

A key issue for the mining industry in Australia is to assess potentially negative environmental effects associated with a mining operation and to put in place measures to reduce and manage those effects. This is likely to involve an environmental impact assessment before commencing the development of the mine, and adherence to environmental licence conditions and regulations during production and after closure of the mine.

Environmental assessment

The environmental assessment of mining projects in Australia is largely governed by state and territory environmental protection legislation. This legislation is typically administered by an environment protection agency or authority, or an environment department, in each jurisdiction.

The key matters addressed by state and territory environmental legislation include:

  • managing air, water, land and noise pollution;
  • protection of threatened flora, fauna and habitat; and
  • recognizing and preventing impact on indigenous sites.
Michael Sheng, Partner, Blake Dawson
Michael Sheng
Blake Dawson

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Michael Sheng is a partner in the Shanghai office, and Jeff Lynn is a senior associate in the Melbourne office, of Blake Dawson

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