Mine Water Management in Environmentally Sensitive Locations

Organization: The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Pages: 10
Publication Date: Jan 1, 1988
The Coal Corporation of New Zealand Ltd (CoalCorp) is the largest coal producer in New Zealand, with extensive properties in both the North and South Islands. CoalCorp's North Island operations are kilcmetres to the south of Auckland. opencasts, are located in the catchment wildlife, historical and scenic values. in this catchment is the single most mining operations. centred on Huntly, a town some 80 Five coal mines, four of which are of Lake Waahi, a lake with significant The discharges of mine lodgement water important environmental constraint on Throughout New Zealand the use of water is controlled by a statute called the Water and Soil Conservation Act 1967. All industrial water users are required to hold Water Rights, which are in effect licences to take, use, dam, divert or discharge water. Water Rights are obtained through a legally defined process and any potentially affected party has the per to object to their granting. A special tribunal hears the evidence for and against an application, and issues its decision, which is reviewable in a higher court on Appeal. Rights, if granted, are issued subject to conditions and, in the case of mining discharges, limits would be set on flaw rate, suspended solids concentrations, turbidity, pH and the concentrations of any potential toxicants. This paper presents a case study of an integrated, catchment wide water management plan for Lake Waahi, that was prepared by the author, and others while the author was in the employ of CoalCorp, and its predecessor, State Coal Mines. The author is grateful to CoalCorp for their permission to submit this paper.
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