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29 Oct 2018

Regulator Charges East Gippsland Miner

Earth Resources Regulation has commenced court proceedings against a mine company following an alleged breach of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990.

Earth Resources Regulation regulates mining to protect public safety, property and the environment.

The alleged breach relates to an East Gippsland mining company that excavated pits on private and Crown land, some close to a waterway, without authorisation.

The Earth Resources Regulation investigation was initiated in response to a landowner complaint and was in relation to the company allegedly failing to notify the Regulator before undertaking the works, failing to obtain permission from landowners or have a compensation agreement in place. 

Earth Resources Regulation also investigated environmental and property risks associated with the company’s actions.

Earth Resources Regulation seeks to address matters of inappropriate behaviour swiftly under the state’s mining laws, in line with community expectations.

The company faces a maximum penalty of $161,000.

The mining company has been summoned to appear at Bairnsdale Magistrates Court for a hearing at the end of November.

Quotes attributable to Earth Resources Regulation’s Executive Director Anthony Hurst

“While most mine operators do the right thing, Earth Resources Regulation will step in to protect communities and environments when safeguards are breached.”

“Mine licence holders must work closely with local farmers and landholders to get their consent before undertaking work.”

Contact: Mark Farrugia

Phone: (03) 8392 6913