The 2015 National Environmental Law Association (WA) State Conference was held at the Hyatt Regency, Perth on 3 September 2015, focusing on current issues in environmental law. To complement a talk by Eve Lynch of Allens-Linklaters on the legal framework in Western Australia, David spoke about some of the practical issues for mine suspension and closure, in particular:
- How suspension can upset a mine’s delicate water balance, the operational and legal implications, and how they can be mitigated.
- Why care and maintenance can take a lot of care and maintenance.
- Some of the ways operators can go about collecting closure data to support relinquishment within a definite timeframe.
David illustrated his talk with case studies of planned suspension, unplanned suspension and planned closure that MBS has helped with in recent years.
If you’d like to know more about this topic, please contact MBS on (08) 9226 3166 or info(@)mbsenvironmental.com.au.