West Coast Project, Tasmania
Venture Minerals is committed to minimising the environmental footprint of the Company’s Riley Iron Ore mine.
While the small scale nature of the mine (pits 1.5-4 metres deep and a total 120ha disturbed and rehabilitated at the end of mine life) ensures the mine will have limited environmental impact, it is important to Venture that it has received and complies with all necessary environmental approvals to proceed with operations at the Riley Mine.
Venture Minerals values the surrounding environment and public health and safety by using safe and responsible mining practices.
The proposed mining method of Riley Mine has been designed to minimise erosion and sediment loss. Venture commits to the following mitigation measures to control potential erosion and sediment loss arising from clearing, construction and mining:
Dust has the potential to cause an environmental nuisance if it is blown beyond the boundary of the proposed construction and operational activities. Therefore, Venture commits to the following mitigation measures to minimise the generation of dust and emissions during construction and operations:
Venture commits to comply with the following in relation to potential Air Emissions from the Riley Mine activities:
The Riley Mine Project does not require a conventional open pit and will not extend below the regional water table. Due to the shallow nature of the mining operations and the likely interception of groundwater near natural discharge points anyway, the mining operations are unlikely to have any material impact on the local water table or groundwater pathways, and no effect on the regional groundwater resource.
Venture has committed to the following mitigation strategies to protect surface water quality:
Venture’s Groundwater mitigation strategy complies with the following:
Venture Minerals has submitted a Decommissioning and Rehabilitation Plan (DRP) to the Tasmanian Government. The DRP forms the basis for all management plans, including rehabilitation, infrastructure removal, weeds, vegetation and surface and groundwater. Venture’s management plan has clear commitments, which will be reported annually to the EPA.
The key objectives of the decommissioning and rehabilitation plan are to:
Venture will finalise rehabilitation of the mine in consultation with Forestry Tasmania. It is expected to take the form of native forest regeneration, with the establishment of communities similar to those that currently exist.
The Riley mine has a proposed life of two years and is relatively simple in terms of operational stages and components. There will be very little alteration to the landform through the mining of the surficial resource.