August 11, 2013
Peak Water…Are we running out of Groundwater?
Peak Oil has generated headlines since American geologist M King-Hubbert first developed the concept in 1956. In recent years, spurred on by fears of carbon-induced climate change and dwindling oil-resources, we have begun to develop alternatives to oil. However, in an article, Lester Brown of the Earth Resources Institute argues that the real threat to our future is Peak Water. There are substitutes for oil, but not for water. We can produce food without oil, but not without water. Read more
August 5, 2013
Western Australia’s Water in Mining Guideline
The Western Australian Department of Water recently published a new guide outlining the approval process related to water management for mining projects in Western Australia – Western Australian water in mining guideline, May 2013.
The guide applies statewide and outlines how the Department of Water (DoW) will regulate the management of water resources for a mining project (principally by the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act 1914).
DoW advocates a consultative approach and encourages preliminary discussions with the proponent very early in the mining project. The guide also provides advice on the key issues and information related to water that maybe required as part of the approval process. These include water supply and dewatering requirements, mine water balance and management plans for any excess water and key water-dependent environmental receptors that may be affected by the proposed mine. DoW advocates flexibility in determining the important water management issues for each specific mining project. Read more