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Minimising environmental impacts of mining

Coal and gold mining are important economic activities in New Zealand, and the West Coast of the South Island and Southland, for example, have long histories of mining. The process of mineral extraction inevitably results in environmental impacts, but few tools exist to help mining companies and regulators assess and predict environmental impacts of mining operations.
Acid mine drainage from coal mine.

Acid mine drainage from coal mine.

This series of fact sheets has been developed to assist all the parties involved in the decision making about mine operations to reduce the environmental impacts of mining.

These factsheets are the result of a research programme lead by CRL Energy Ltd in collaboration with Landcare Research and the Universities of Canterbury and Otago.

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