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Legacy Issues and Abandoned Mines

  • Corinne UngerEmail author
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Part of the The Political Economy of the Asia Pacific book series (PEAP)

Abstract

The chapter summarises the principal problems associated with current approaches to closure planning. Then it discusses the critical relationship between effective mitigation and management of mining legacies and abandoned mines. In the third section, I review global and Australian initiatives on mining legacies. Then, drawing upon global leading practices, I develop a maturity model to guide jurisdictions as they move toward more mature management of abandoned mines. In the fifth section, I present a case study of the abandoned Mount Morgan gold mine in Queensland, Australia. Throughout the chapter, I draw attention both to the importance of fully accounting for liabilities to internalise costs, and to the benefits that can flow to industry, governments and communities when beneficial post-mining land uses are created.

Abbreviations

AMD

Acid Mine Drainage

AMWG

Abandoned Mines Working Group

ANZMEC

Australian and New Zealand Minerals and Energy Council

ARD

Acid Rock Drainage

ASM

Artisanal and Small-scale Mining

AusIMM

Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

BCCCSP

British Columbia Crown Contaminated Sites Program

CLM

Contaminated Land Management

DTIRIS

Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services

EIS

Environmental Impact Statement

EPA

Environmental Protection Agency

FA

Financial Assurance

GRI

Global Reporting Initiative

ICMM

International Council on Mining and Metals

IIED

International Institute for Environment and Development

IUCN

World Conservation Union

LMU

Legacy Mine Unit, NT

MCA

Minerals Council of Australia

MCMPR

Ministerial Council on Mineral and Petroleum Resources

MMSD

Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development

NOAMI

National Orphan/Abandoned Mine Initiative

OECD

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

UNEP

United Nations Environment Programme

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  1. 1.School of BusinessUniversity of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia

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