Wet Season Approaches
With the change in seasons upon us, thoughts start turning to Christmas holidays and perhaps a bit of time on the beach. However, it also means the wet season will soon be upon us in Queensland and the question is - are you prepared?
Water management on mine sites is a key issue for both the mine operator and the surrounding community. If you get it wrong it can have a direct impact on production, profits and your standing in the
Recently, a company faced some hefty fines (in excess of $250,000) in the Cairns Magistrate Court for not managing the impact of their dam seepage on the environment. Not only were they subject to hefty fine ($250,000+) but they still have to restore and rehabilitate the impacted area.
Our general checklist for the approaching wet season includes;
Confirm your water management plan is current and reflects site conditions,
Check dam water levels, that the mandatory reporting level is clearly marked and confirm that the storage capacity is at least the design storage allowance volume,
Review Environmental Authority conditions relating to dams and water release,
Review emergency management plans and in particular if you are prepared for the Duty to Notify requirements of the Environmental Protection Act,
Make sure your annual regulated dam inspection has been completed.
Different sites have specific requirements, so call us if you would like us to develop your site