An online register containing copies of Queensland petroleum
(including coal seam gas) environmental authorities and site
specific mining environmental authorities went live on 19 February
2015. The register can be accessed here:
Queensland Government Business and Industry Portal.
Environmental authorities (EAs) issued for
petroleum activities have been publically available for some time.
The Queensland Government has now provided the public with easy
access to EAs for site specific mining environmental
EAs in the register can be searched by permit or tenure number,
local government area or by the named permit holder.
EAs included in the register
EAs for petroleum (including coal seam gas); and
EAs for site specific exploration and mining projects that
include environmentally relevant activities (ERAs)
that have no eligibility criteria, or where the eligibility
criteria for the ERA cannot be met.
At this time, it is only site specific mining EAs that have been
included in the register. As such, mining-related EAs which have
been the subject of a variation application (as opposed to a
standard application or site-specific application) and where the
standard conditions are varied are not included in the
EAs in the process of being decided or amended will not be
available for download, neither will EAs that have been issued for
prescribed ERAs (that is, industrial or agricultural ERAs that are
off-tenure as opposed to resource activities).
What does this mean for the industry?
The public availability of site specific mining and exploration
EAs creates greater transparency for those projects that may be
more likely to impact the environment.
Persons applying for EAs, or persons seeking to amend an EA,
will be able to investigate conditions imposed on similar
operations to ascertain how other activities are being required to
conduct their activities.
It also will assist companies undertaking due diligence
investigations when looking to acquire tenure the subject of a site
specific mining or exploration EA. Previously the environmental
obligations could only be obtained by a prospective purchaser with
the written authority of the seller.
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