Legacy Issues and Abandoned Mines

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


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.



Acid Mine Drainage


Abandoned Mines Working Group


Australian and New Zealand Minerals and Energy Council


Acid Rock Drainage


Artisanal and Small-scale Mining


Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy


British Columbia Crown Contaminated Sites Program


Contaminated Land Management


Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services


Environmental Impact Statement


Environmental Protection Agency


Financial Assurance


Global Reporting Initiative


International Council on Mining and Metals


International Institute for Environment and Development


World Conservation Union


Legacy Mine Unit, NT


Minerals Council of Australia


Ministerial Council on Mineral and Petroleum Resources


Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development


National Orphan/Abandoned Mine Initiative


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development


United Nations Environment Programme


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of BusinessUniversity of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia

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