Out & About With the DPI (Issue 39)

By on June 12, 2008

DPI’s hydrocarbin storage blitz has now been completed. COLIN THORNTON, Acting Manager Minerals and Extractive Operations reports on this and other matters.

DPI’S HYDROCARDON STORAGE BLITZ

DPI officers conducted a targeted blitz on Hydrocarbon Storage arrangements in mines and quarries in the second quarter of 2008. A total of 58 sites were visited, of which 49 were quarries.

Whilst many sites exhibited adequate storage arrangements a total of 17 notices were issued to ensure compliance with Work Plan or Work Authority conditions. Highest levels of non-compliance were associated with the development of procedures for storage and handling, and spill prevention and clean up.

The provision of spill kits in accordance with AS1940:2004 -The Storage and Handling of Flammable and Combustible Liquids was also highlighted. Further details will be provided in the Department’s next newsletter.

The next blitz, scheduled for the last quarter of 2008, will target weed management.

DPI ROADSHOW

DPI held a series of well attended Roadshows in June highlighting recent guideline and legislative developments including community engagement and the rehabilitation bond calculator tool.

LEGISLATIVE REFORM

With regard to other matters the possible legislative reforms fl owing from the review of the Extractive Industry Development Act, are being informed by advice from the Extractive Industry Workshop – a joint DPI/Industry advisory group chaired by DPI Deputy Secretary Dale Seymour and including the CMPA – which meet for the first time in late June.

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