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The problems of Australian underground coal mining operations in water catchment areas

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This paper outlines the general water problems encountered in Australian underground coal mining activities which are exacerbated by the location of certain large coal producers either adjacent to or within water catchment areas. Mining leases do not always take into consideration seam sterilization and complexities caused by water controls on mine development. The pertinent state legislation on planning and environmental protection of water courses in N.S.W. together with details of the water authority's role in mining in water catchment areas are outlined. Specific case studies are given whereby the proposed mine centroid has been relocated in order to satisfy legislative requirements. The specific problems of coal mining under stored bodies of water and dams are examined with regard to restriction and potential hazards. The paper outlines the procedure adopted for mining in such situations and pertinent case studies are quoted. © 1983 Springer-Verlag.

Publication Date


  • 1983

Citation


  • Loveday, P. F., Atkins, A. S., & Aziz, N. I. (1983). The problems of Australian underground coal mining operations in water catchment areas. International Journal of Mine Water, 2(3), 1-15. doi:10.1007/BF02504568

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0020817194

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 15

Volume


  • 2

Issue


  • 3

Abstract


  • This paper outlines the general water problems encountered in Australian underground coal mining activities which are exacerbated by the location of certain large coal producers either adjacent to or within water catchment areas. Mining leases do not always take into consideration seam sterilization and complexities caused by water controls on mine development. The pertinent state legislation on planning and environmental protection of water courses in N.S.W. together with details of the water authority's role in mining in water catchment areas are outlined. Specific case studies are given whereby the proposed mine centroid has been relocated in order to satisfy legislative requirements. The specific problems of coal mining under stored bodies of water and dams are examined with regard to restriction and potential hazards. The paper outlines the procedure adopted for mining in such situations and pertinent case studies are quoted. © 1983 Springer-Verlag.

Publication Date


  • 1983

Citation


  • Loveday, P. F., Atkins, A. S., & Aziz, N. I. (1983). The problems of Australian underground coal mining operations in water catchment areas. International Journal of Mine Water, 2(3), 1-15. doi:10.1007/BF02504568

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0020817194

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 15

Volume


  • 2

Issue


  • 3