Western Australia's Pilbara iron ore mining industry entered a new phase during the 2003 — 2015 mining boom when production below the water table significantly increased creating vast amounts of excess mine dewater. Managing the effects of mine dewatering on environmental and cultural values is a major challenge for the industry and the State Government. Excess mine dewatering is purportedly authorised by the Pilbara iron ore State agreements ratified by Parliament. This thesis identifies a legal hiatus in these agreements in that they do not confer rights to abstract and/or dispose of excess mine dewater.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||28 Sep 2018|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2018|