Mining

Queensland explores mining rehabilitation and financial assurance reforms

At a glance The Queensland Government has proposed broad policy and legislative reform in relation to financial assurance and mine rehabilitation with a view to improving rehabilitation performance, reducing reliance on the financial assurance system and clarifying mine rehabilitation requirements. … Continue reading

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English High Court allows group claim to proceed against UK-domiciled mining company in relation to acts of subsidiary company abroad

The English High Court has rejected jurisdiction challenges by UK-domiciled mining company Vedanta Resources PLC and its Zambian-domiciled subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines PLC, allowing a group claim brought by 1,826 Zambian villagers in respect of alleged environmental pollution from the … Continue reading

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Extension of WA co-funding drilling exploration program

The Western Australian State Government (State) recently announced the thirteenth round of applications for the Co-Funded Exploration Drill Program (Program), with an additional $5 million in grants available for explorative drilling programs in the 2016 / 2017 year. To date, … Continue reading

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Mining & Petroleum Law – NSW legislative changes update #2

Maximum term of exploration licences extended from 5 to 6 yearsOn 1 March 2016 the Mining and Petroleum Legislation Amendment (Harmonisation) Act 2015 (NSW) (Harmonisation Act) commenced by proclamation (except Schedule 2(23) which commenced on 18 December 2015). The object … Continue reading

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Mining & Petroleum Law – NSW legislative changes update #1

Renewal application for exploration licences: onus to justify larger than default area shifts to applicantOn 1 March 2016 the Mining and Petroleum Legislation Amendment (Harmonisation) Act 2015 (NSW) (Harmonisation Act) commenced by proclamation (except Schedule 2(23) which commenced on 18 … Continue reading

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Increased capacity at port of Port Hedland

The Pilbara Port Authority announced earlier this month that it will be increasing its capacity at the port of Port Hedland by 16% over the next 3 years. This will see the port’s capacity increase from 495,000,000 tonnes to 577,000,000 … Continue reading

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UNCITRAL Transparency Rules applied for the first time in investor-State arbitration

In September 2014, BSG Resources Limited initiated an international arbitration proceeding against the Republic of Guinea arising out of an alleged expropriation of its investment in the mining sector in the country.   The multinational mining company started its operations … Continue reading

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Parliamentary Inquiry Report into FIFO and other long distance commuting work practices in regional Queensland released

On 9 October 2015 the Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources Committee released its “Parliamentary Inquiry report into FIFO and other long distance commuting work practices in regional Queensland” (Parliamentary Inquiry Report). Earlier this month, on 1 October 2015, the Government … Continue reading

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Update – Innovative Resources Tenures Framework, Queensland

On 12 October 2015, Herbert Smith Freehills attended the Queensland Department of Natural Resources & Mines workshop on the Innovative Resources Tenures Framework in Brisbane.The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the Policy Position Paper, which was released in … Continue reading

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Amendments to the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW) – Project and transactional implications

The Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW) (Land Rights Act) has been recently amended to include a framework for reaching agreements with Aboriginal Land Councils. The new framework and capacity to reach Aboriginal Land Agreements (ALAs) is important for project … Continue reading

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