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Question Without Notice No. 182 asked in the Legislative Council on 14 March 2019 by Hon Robin Scott

Minister responding: Hon W.J. Johnston
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 14 March 2019

MINING LEASE 26/499 — BREACH

182. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum:

I refer to mining lease 26/499 and a fine of $19 000 imposed on 17 February 2016 for a breach of conditions 2, 3 and 4 pursuant to section 82(1) of the Mining Act 1978. I note that the forfeitures officer's letter described the breach as including drill collars that had not been securely plugged below ground, open sumps, green sample bags left on the ground and drilling waste.

(1) How many drill collars were unplugged, how many sumps were open, how many green sample bags were on the ground and what was the quantity of drilling waste?

(2) Will the minister table relevant photographs and the diary notes of the inspecting Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety environmental officers?

(3) Given that a mining proposal was granted and plans were being made to commence an open-cut mining operation, why was a penalty imposed instead of resolving the matter with a warning letter?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question.

The Minister for Mines and Petroleum has advised that it is not possible to provide the detailed information requested in the time required. I therefore ask the honourable member to place the question on notice.