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Mining Biodiversity Offsets Give Companies More Options

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The NSW government has floated a draft policy for feedback which proposes an increased number of options to mining companies when it comes to environmental offsets. The policy proposes a…

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QLD Coal Test to “Threaten Rare Bird”

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Greenpeace has called for a halt to Adani Mining’s seismic surveys in the Galilee Basin after expert scientific advice revealed the potential for the activity to significantly impact the endangered…

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Proposed Changes to Mining Notice

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The Department of Natural Resources and Mines recently released a discussion paper to explore a reduction in the notification requirement for new mines. The proposal suggests that that only those…

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EPA Issues Fine Over Uranium Contamination

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The Environmental Protection Authority has issued a $1500 fine to energy company Santos after an aquifer tested at levels 20 times the acceptable uranium level ¬†prescribed by the Australian drinking…

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The 2014 Environmental Offsets Bill

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Last month significant reform was introduced to Queensland parliament in the form on the Environmental Offsets Bill 2014. The Bill proposes that the current method of separating offset policies into…

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Senate Inquiry to Investigate Environmental Offsets

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The Senate Inquiry, established on Wednesday, will focus on the current state of environmental offsets in the mining sector. The inquiry will focus on the process in which offsets are…

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EPA Gives Approval For Aquaculture Zone off the Kimberley Coast

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In a recent decision, the Environmental Protection Authority has given the go ahead for a 2,000 hectare aquaculture zone, which could produce an estimated 20,000 tonnes of fin fish per…

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Australian Companies Failing to Sustainability Benchmarks

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A recent report by Catalyst Australia has outline that the overall performance of sustainable practices in the property sector is being carried by a select few. A majority of companies…

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Great Barrier Reef “Not In Danger”

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In a government report to the United Nation, Australia has detailed that it is making substantial progress towards protecting the Great Barrier Reef, and that it should not be listed…

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WA Delegates To Assess Huge Gas Project

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Following a Supreme Court decision finding a conflict of interest among the EPA’s board members, approval for one of Australia’s biggest construction projects has ben put back to square one.…

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Fire Ants Nests Found on Curtis Island

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Bechtel has confirmed the presence of 2 fire ants nests, with a third suspected, on Curtis Islands’ QCLNG site. The find could have significant impact on the way materials are…

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Clean Coal a Growing Industry

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An increased demand for energy and the popularisation of coal in power generation is driving an industry for clean technology that can improve the environmental performance of coal. The global…

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1/4 of Sharks and Rays in Danger

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A new assessment of worldwide shark, ray and chimaera species shows that a quarter of the worlds sharks and rays are at risk of extinction. Major contributors to the danger…

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Gladstone Dredging Concerns Leads to Federal Inquiry

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Environment Minister Greg Hunt has announced an inquiry into the dredging and disposal taking place in Gladstone Harbour. Mr Hunt is seeking a review of the previous governments’ decisions. The…

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Realtime Digital Terrain Mapping Increases Productivity and Safety

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Technology that extends upon existing dragline monitors allows live and historical comparisons between the mining plan and the actual ground in realtime. The technology allows improvements in design compliance and…

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The Queensland Plan

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The Queensland Plan is a 30 year plan for Queensland which is being prepared by the Queensland Government. The final publication will be released in mid-2014, but now is the…

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The Economics of Saving an Endangered Species

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How do you determine which endangered species receives resources to save them, and which go without? Traditionally money has been channeled to a species based on risk. Those species at…

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EPA Approves Gorgon Expansion

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The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved a further extension of the Gorgon liquified natural gas (LNG) facility. Chevron received conditional approval for the expansion, which includes the use of…

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North Perth Basin Mineral Sands Project May Start As Early As September

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After being given approval by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), Image Resources will now release release their public environmental review of their proposed North Perth Basin mineral sands project.The release…

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Silt Plumes Pose Little Risk To Environment

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Silt Plumes seen leaving the Inpex Jetty Construction Site in Darwin pose little risk to the environment, according to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). The plumes come amid the driving…

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