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NSW Department of Environment and Planning Reviewing Social Licence in Resource Developments

  • Community Comment Open for Economic Assessment of Mining and CSG Proposals

The NSW Department of Environment and Planning are seeking public comment with regards to the state’s Integrated Mining Policy draft technical notes. The technical notes will support the policy which is intended to balance the impact of regulation to achieve positive social and environmental outcomes with economic development of the state’s resources. The draft technical notes apply when developing State significant development mining or coal seam gas project. The technical notes are intended to represent best practice and up-to-date scientific understanding with regards to:

  • Aboriginal heritage
  • Environmental heritage
  • Noise
  • Visual amenity
  • Air quality
  • Ground and surface water impacts
  • Biodiversity
  • Transport impacts, and
  • Greenhouse gas emissions output

The ‘third party impacts’ are considered during the economic assessment of the State Significant Development.

  • NSW Social Impact Assessment for State Significant Resource Projects Released

The NSW Department of Environment and Planning has released the guideline for Social Impact Assessments for petroleum production, mining and extraction industries. The guideline has been developed to assist proponents of state significant resource projects ‘identifying, predicting, evaluating and developing responses to the social impacts of a proposed State significant resource project’. The Social Impact Assessments will sit within the Environmental Impact Assessment to allow for integration of the process for proponents but ensure communities remain a part of the decision making process. The new guidelines assist proponents in understanding the stakeholder engagement expectation, the requirements under the Social Impact Assessment and when the information from the Social Impact Assessment will used.

 

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