A resource company case study project to rehabilitate former mining land shows that site rehabilitation is achievable with Environment Minister Steven Miles today singing the praises of mining companies.
“Glencore Australia is progressively rehabilitating its Newlands coal mine in central Queensland. So far 73 hectares of land at the mine has met the environmental regulator’s ‘progressive rehabilitation’ expectations.”
“The land Glencore has rehabilitated is considered safe, stable and self-sustaining; which are the overarching goals for rehabilitated mining land.”
Glencore Coal’s Queensland Environment & Community Manager, Pieter Swart says the rehabilitation was an important step for Glencore and the wider industry.
“We maintain a very strong focus on progressive rehabilitation across all our coal mining operations, with each site required to achieve annual targets that go beyond regulatory requirements.”
In the past five years (2012-2016), 53 per cent of land disturbed by Glencore’s coal operations in Queensland over that period has been rehabilitated, with a 2017 target to rehabilitate more land than our mines will disturb.
Minister Miles says Glencore’s progressive rehabilitation certification is a welcome milestone.
“There’s now 631 hectares of certified progressively rehabilitated mining land in Queensland.”
“In 2012, 507 hectares of the Kestrel coal mine operated by Rio Tinto was certified while in 2015 51.5 hectares of Great Northern Mining’s sapphire mine was also certified.”