Environmental Position Statement
Leigh Creek Energy is committed to conducting its activities and operations in an environmentally responsible manner.
Our core values are:
- excellence in environmental performance.
- compliance with all environmental laws and regulations.
- minimising environmental impacts throughout the lifecycle of our projects.
- continuous improvement in environmental performance.
To demonstrate commitment to our core values we will:
- minimise adverse environmental impacts through the use of Best Practice management procedures and planning.
- monitor, audit and assess our operations with a view to continual improvement of environmental performance.
- comply with all relevant legislation for management and protection of the environment.
- recognise the responsibilities of all employees and contractors to work in an appropriate manner with respect to the environment, and provide training and resources to ensure tasks are properly performed.
- work with stakeholders to achieve mutually acceptable environmentally sound operational and rehabilitation outcomes.
- effectively manage, minimise and responsibly dispose of waste produced.
- transparently report on environmental performance.
Commitment to the environment is a team commitment involving co-operation and consultation between employees, contractors and stakeholders.
Leigh Creek Energy requires approval from various State government agencies before commencing Demonstration and Commercial ISG operations. Of particular relevance is the Department for State Development’s requirements for an Environmental Impact Report under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act, 2000.
To develop the Environmental Impact Report, Leigh Creek Energy is currently undertaking environmental investigations, in accordance with Environment Protection Authority guidelines, to identify existing environmental conditions to understand existing impacts and landform modification from historic mining and related operations at the Leigh Creek Coalfield. A major part of these investigations is development of a preliminary Conceptual Site Model to understand relationships between landforms, groundwater and historic operations and their current and potential environmental impacts.
In addition to the Environmental Impact Report, Leigh Creek Energy is required to prepare a Statement of Environmental Objectives, to outline the environmental objectives to which our ISG activities will conform, and the criteria upon which the achievement of these objectives will be assessed. All of these criteria will be based upon baseline information being gathered in the environmental investigations.
Environment Regulations and Legislation
Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act, 2000
In South Australia the legislation governing onshore petroleum exploration, production and gas storage is the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act, 2000. The key objectives of the legislation are to:
- protect the natural, cultural, heritage and social aspects of the environment from risks associated with activities governed by the Act.
- provide for constructive consultation with stakeholders, including effective external reporting of industry performance.
- provide security of title for petroleum, geothermal energy, gas storage, and other resources governed by the Act and pipeline licences.
The South Australian objective-based regulatory approach principally seeks to ensure that industry effectively manages its activities by complying with performance standards that are cooperatively developed by the licensee, the regulatory authority and the community.
Environment Protection Act, 1993
The Environment Protection Authority is South Australia’s primary environmental regulator through administration of the Environment Protection Act, 1993. The Environment Protection Authority is responsible for the protection of air and water quality and the control of pollution, waste, noise and radiation. The Environment Protection Authority licences businesses that either pollute or have the potential to pollute the environment.
The key objectives of the legislation are to:
- ensure that all reasonable and practicable measures are taken to protect, restore and enhance the quality of the environment having regard to the principles of ecologically sustainable development;
- apply a precautionary approach to the assessment of risk of environmental harm and ensure that all aspects of environmental quality affected by pollution and waste (including ecosystem sustainability and valued environmental attributes) are considered in decisions relating to the environment and
- require persons engaged in polluting activities to progressively make environmental improvements (including reduction of pollution and waste at source) as such improvements become practicable through technological and economic developments.
The Environment Protection Authority negotiates conditions through a licence to regulate activities that have the potential to harm the environment.