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Glencore’s Oaky Creek coal mine achieved certification for its progressive land rehabilitation
- The former open cut mine in central Queensland’s Bowen Basin has been transformed back to natural and productive land, following the success of an extensive rehabilitation program covering 133ha.
- Several ways to rehabilitate a mined out area
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See what score you get for your Rehabilitation and Closure program“Up to 133 hectares of land that was once part of an open cut mine is now verdant landscape with native vegetation and is on track to being safely and sustainably passed on for the next land use,” Stewart said. “In 2018 the Palaszczuk government passed important mining rehabilitation legislation to ensure land no longer used for mining is returned to its original state, or better. “It is great to see companies like Glencore take on their rehabilitation responsibility with real enthusiasm and produce impressive results like we see here today. Stewart also outlined the importance of rehabilitating retired mines, and its integral part in Glencore’s business plan. “We know resource developments bring significant benefits to regional communities and Queensland,” Stewart said. “These advances in rehabilitation ultimately provide certainty for business, industry and ongoing benefits for local communities. “To date, Glencore has completed 10,375 (hectares) of rehabilitation across its Queensland coal mines, equivalent to more than 17,000 football fields.” The Oaky Creek mine is 250 kilometres west of Rockhampton and gave work to 693 employees and contractors in 2019. The latest rehabilitation certificate comes after an announcement that Glencore would wind down all coal operations outside of Australia by 2050. The environmentally conscious decision came in line with the company’s aspirations to meet Paris Agreement targets. Glencore highlighted that its scope one and two emissions had both been reduced by more than 20 per cent compared with the 2018 levels as it continued to target carbon neutrality by 2050. Originally published by Australian Mining.
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