Mining Law in New South Wales Discussion Paper (June 2011)

Mining Law in New South Wales Discussion Paper (June 2011)

EDO NSW's discussion paper, Mining Law in NSW (June 2011), looks at the need to reform the legal framework that regulates mining in our State – with a key focus on coal and coal seam gas (CSG) extraction. The main Acts considered are the NSW Mining Act 1992Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991 and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

The discussion paper identifies key inadequacies with the system across three related areas:

  • Environmental assessment and planning issues

  • Community issues

  • Compliance and enforcement issues

The paper also makes 21 recommendations for legislative change to make the current processes more sustainable, robust, equitable and transparent.

Hard copies of this publication are available upon request , or it can be downloaded from this page.

For further EDO policy perspectives on mining, view our policy submissions for mining & coal seam gas.

If you are looking for our community guide to Mining law in NSW (December 2012), which explains how existing laws work, it is available here.

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