Managing the Cumulative Impacts of Coal Mining on Regional Communities and Environments in Australia. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal

The expansion and contraction of the coal mining industry in Australia has placed pressure on regional communities and environments and multiplied the extent, magnitude and profile of cumulative impacts. While some mining communities have benefited from the expansion of the coal industry through the creation of jobs and the investment in economies, the compounding impacts of multiple mining operations have stretched environmental, social, human and economic systems and rendered conventional mine-by-mine governance approaches ineffective. In this paper we draw from examples in the Bowen Basin, Hunter Valley and Gunnedah Basin to traverse the range of cumulative impacts resulting from mining activities, and detail working examples of management and assessment practices that aim to enhance positive, and avoid and mitigate negative, cumulative impacts.

Publisher: Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal

Region: Australia

Type: Research Paper

CITATION

Franks, D.M., Brereton, D., Moran, C.J. Managing the cumulative impacts of coal mining on regional communities and environments in Australia (2010) Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 28 (4), pp. 299-312

Managing the Cumulative Impacts of Coal Mining on Regional Communities and Environments in Australia. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal
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