Mining projects in the planning pipeline worth billions in investment and thousands of jobs for NSW

November 26, 2018

New research has revealed that 25 mining projects currently in the NSW planning system have the potential to deliver almost $11 billion in investment and over 13,000 jobs over the next two decades.

Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue Annual Forum

November 22, 2018

A refreshed format featuring increased engagement between the community, business and the mining industry drew a record turnout to the Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue’s annual forum on November 19.

Subsidence

When coal, rock or mineral ore is removed from an underground mine, the overlying earth can sink, which is called mine subsidence.  The extent of mine subsidence depends on the mining method, local geology, depth of mining and amount of material extracted.
 
Mines are designed to manage and minimise the potential impacts of mine subsidence. For example, longwall coal mines can vary the width of coal extracted to reduce subsidence, avoid mining near sensitive features, or change the original layout of the mine.  In other cases, the impacts of mine subsidence can be repaired or rehabilitated once mining is complete. The type of management measures used will depend on what features are present and what level of protection they require.  
 
We’ve built upon years of experience to manage subsidence and there are many examples of mines successfully operating beneath infrastructure and alternate land uses – like under the Hume Highway and the Southern Rail Link, mining under vineyards and olive groves.
 
Mine subsidence can sometimes affect built features, like homes or roads, or environmental features like rivers, cliffs and aquifers. Sometimes subsidence is unnoticeable, while in other cases it can cause visible cracks in building walls or the ground.
 
Mine subsidence is tightly regulated in NSW.  When an underground mine is proposed the potential impacts of subsidence are assessed and are only approved if the government accepts that the proposed management measures will reduce potential impacts to acceptable levels.
 
The NSW Mine Subsidence Board provides compensation or repair services where properties, such as houses, are damaged by coal mine subsidence.  

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