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Environmental transparency boosted

Posted On April 26, 2013

Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA

  • From July 1 all Annual Environmental Reports will be submitted online
  • The system will improve data consistency, boost efficiency and provide transparency
  • The public will have easy access on how resource companies are responding to their environmental responsibilities

Members of the public now have greater access to mining companies’ detailed environmental plans, thanks to a new Department of Mines and Petroleum online system.

Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said the online system for submitting Annual Environmental Reports (AERs) to the department provided a number of benefits.

“This system will improve data consistency, efficiency and transparency across the department’s services,” Mr Marmion said.

“It will also provide the public with easily accessible information on how resource companies are responding to their environmental responsibilities.”

Annual Environmental Reports detail a company’s mining activities, as well as disturbance areas and completed environmental rehabilitation works.

The Minister said while the department released the online system in December last year, it would become compulsory from July 1.

“There are already more than 100 registered industry users of the system,” he said.

“While increasing transparency, this system also provides a number of other benefits.

“For instance, the information submitted in online AERs can be used in other submissions, such as future AERs, Programmes of Work and Mining Rehabilitation Fund assessments.”

Fact File

  • Since introducing online lodgement and approvals tracking in 2010, more than 90% of DMP’s key approval processes are now available online
  • In 2012 the department received more than 7,000 mining, petroleum and geothermal applications
  • The average new mining project in WA takes just over two years to reach full approval
  • To view Annual Environmental Reports go to http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/8266.aspx 

Source: ProjectLink.com.au

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