Posts from the ‘Regulatory Compliance’ Category
August 19, 2014
Unconventional Gas in Western Australia
What is Unconventional Gas?
Natural gas is found in a number of different geological environments. As demand for gas has increased and drilling and extraction technology has improved, so exploration and production is moving into geological environments that were previously too challenging; gas in such locations is called Uncoventional Gas and it is often described based on the type of rock from which it is extracted (Figure 1), such as:
• coal seam gas (CSG) – found in coal seams,
• tight gas – found in compacted sandstone or limestone and
• shale gas – found in dense shale rock. Read more
August 4, 2014
Operational Value from Compliance Reviews
Periodic compliance reporting is one of the conditions of many groundwater abstraction licences. Typically, compliance reports include the volume of groundwater abstracted, the resulting effect on groundwater levels, groundwater quality and a comparison of these against licensed conditions. In Western Australia, for example, reporting requirements are outlined in the Department of Water’s Operational Policy No.5.12 and they have variously been called Wellfield Assessments, Annual Aquifer Reviews and Groundwater Monitoring Reports.
However, over and beyond maintaining an abstraction licence or a component of social licence, there is often the opportunity to use a compliance review to add operational value. We believe there is often the opportunity to review the data from an operational perspective with potential benefits for costs and risk management. 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