A voluntary code of environmental practice for mineral exploration has been developed for local mining in Western Australia.
The code was created by the Australian Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy to help mineral explorers adhere to environmental obligations.
“These are key environmental issues that we want companies to adhere to and complement those that are also obviously on their exploration licences”, says AMEC’s Simon Bennison.
He says the code covers a vast range of guidelines.
"Some of them are obviously about communication with other land use owners or stakeholders in the context of access, it’s also making sure that land disturbance and so forth is kept to an absolute minimum." he said.
The move is part of the self-regulation within the mining industry.