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Parliamentary Questions

Question On Notice No. 2029 asked in the Legislative Council on 19 March 2019 by Hon Robin Scott

Question Directed to the: Minister for Regional Development representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Industrial Relations
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Tabled Paper No: 2655- View tabled paper

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. Noting 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, and I ask:
(a) how many drill collars were unplugged:
(i) how many sumps were open; and
(ii) how many green sample bags were on the ground and what was the quantity of drilling waste;
(b) will the Minister table relevant photographs and diary notes of the inspecting Department of Mines and Petroleum Environmental Officers; and
(c) given that a mining proposal was granted and plans were being made to commence and open cut mining operation, why was a penalty imposed instead of resolving the matter with a warning letter?

Answered on 7 May 2019

(a) 17 drill collars were identified as not being securely plugged.

(i) 12 sumps were identified as being left open.

(ii) The individual number of sample bags was not recorded. The total volume of drilling waste was not recorded.

(b) See tabled paper no 

(c) The former Department of Mines and Petroleum made a recommendation to the then Minister for Mines and Petroleum in line with its Enforcement Policy.