Climate change impacts used to reject new NSW coal mine

Proponents seeking consent for new projects, or modifications of existing projects, with ‘material’ greenhouse gas emissions across all industries in NSW should carefully assess climate change impacts, particularly if the proposal is not ‘carbon neutral’. What has happened? On 8 February 2019, the NSW Land and Environment Court (Court) refused development consent for a new … Read more

Federal Government Announces Junior Mineral Exploration Tax Credit

On 2 September 2017, the Government announced a welcome new four-year $100 million Junior Mineral Exploration Tax Credit (JMETC) following the expiry of the existing Exploration Development Incentive (EDI) exploration credit regime. The JMETC will commence this 2017-18 financial year. Companies still have until 30 September to report their estimated expenditure to access credits under … Read more

High Court applies strict compliance test under the Mining Act 1978 (WA) and raises doubts regarding tenement validity –remedial legislative response required

In its recent decision in Forrest & Forrest v Wilson [2017] HCA 30, the High Court held that a failure to strictly comply with the technical lodgements requirements of the Mining Act 1978 (WA) (Mining Act) invalidated a decision of the Mining Warden to recommend that a number of mining leases be granted. This overturned … Read more

Argentina seeks to double investment in mining sector

The Argentina government is working on a bill to establish a federal mining agreement to harmonise all existing legislation across the different provinces and with the federal government. After a year of intensive negotiations with the different provinces, the Argentine government is finalising details of a plan to relaunch mining nationwide. The government expects to … Read more

Qld: Government releases Galilee Basin Development Strategy

On 7 November 2013, the Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman, released the Galilee Basin Development Strategy (Strategy). The Strategy acknowledges the long-term economic benefits that opening up the Galilee Basin to mining would bring to Queensland and is designed to support and encourage business and industry to develop key infrastructure across the region. The Strategy details … Read more

Victoria to raise the bar for mining exemptions

The Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources recently introduced the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Amendment Bill 2013 (Vic) (the Amendment Bill) into the Victorian Parliament. The Amendment Bill, if passed, will likely make it more difficult for land to be declared exempt from exploration and mining licences. The Minister will now be required to consider … Read more

NSW streamlines standard mining lease conditions

On 17 October 2013, the NSW Resources and Energy Minister Chris Hartcher announced significant amendments to the standard conditions for mining leases to reduce regulatory duplication. The amendments will result in the removal of conditions that that seek to address matters already regulated by other government departments, such as the Department of Planning. The amendments … Read more