Ensham Mine Using Loophole In New QLD Law To Avoid Rehabilitation Costs, Lobby Group Says



A Japanese-owned mine in central Queensland has used a loophole in the state's new mine rehabilitation laws to avoid backfilling large, open pits on a flood plain, according to lobby group Lock the Gate.

Legislation came into effect last November banning mining companies from leaving behind these pits — or voids — on flood plains.

Lock the Gate claims Idemitsu Australia, which owns the Ensham mine near Emerald, amended its environmental authority before the November 1 deadline, when the new laws came into effect.

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