New mining laws commence in Queensland

This week’s commencement of the Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Act 2014 (MERCPA) in Queensland comes after a long two-year wait since the Act was passed.

‘The Act includes a set of complex legislative amendments over a range of areas of resource legislation including land access and changes to the restricted land framework,’ Mr Roche said.

‘The Act also provides for a new coal and coal seam gas overlapping tenure framework in Queensland. This new framework will help unlock areas for optimal co-development and maximise the resources extracted on behalf of the state.

‘Many Queensland tenures are overlapping, including in the resource-rich Bowen Basin and today’s commencement of the Act will provide a process that reduces delay to get access to the ground and start activities.’

Queensland Resources Council (QRC) CEO Mr Michael Roche said the new act provides a default agreement where parties could not otherwise come to an agreement.

‘QRC has been working with its members on the new overlapping tenure framework for more than five years and without their ongoing support and commitment this new framework would not have been possible,’ Mr Roche said.

‘The Act also amends the land access process by placing an obligation on resource companies to register on title Conduct and Compensation Agreements made with landholders. QRC supports this amendment given it may allow people to be more informed about likely resource activity on the land.

‘The creation of an opt-out agreement is also a welcome initiative, after it was recommended through several previous reviews to offer another choice to parties that seek a flexible approach without removing the existing right to compensate for impacts.

‘The intent of the voluntary opt-out agreement is to simplify the process of two willing parties who wish to strike an agreement outside a structured regime.

‘Importantly the opt-out agreement includes a series of protections to ensure this new flexible option is not used in a way that disadvantages either party.’

An information sheet on the opt-out agreement has to be provided to the landholder and there is also a 10-day cooling off period.

QRC Media Release, 27 September 2016

UBC-SEG Student Chapter Mongolia Field Trip

UBC SEG Field Trip

The SEG Student Chapter at University of British Columbia have requested AIG publicise their upcoming field trip to Mongolia.

The trip will visit six major mineral deposits in Mongolia and include a presentation on the regional geology of Mongolia in collaboration with the National University of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, as well as a number of cultural activities.

The brochure for the trip is available here.  Contact the UBC SEG Student Chapter for more information – contact details are included in the brochure.

CoalLog V2.0 files available

The latest version of ACARP Project C22017 – the “Borehole Data Standard for the Australian Coal Industry” (CoalLog) is now available to download and use.  The files available include the plotting symbols in various formats, standard seam and stratigraphy codes, as well as the “Geology and Geotechnical Training Manual”.

Updated dictionaries and logging sheets are provided with a full list of all modifications made since the first version released in 2012.  The updated Manual will be available soon with some additional description of the new features and a data entry template.

Files are available for free from the AusIMM website.

A video of the launch of version 2 can be viewed on the AIG YouTube channel.

CoalLog v2.0

A seminar to launch CoalLog v2.0 was held in Brisbane 11th March 2015.  If you were unable to attend the seminar, a video of the presentations is now available on the AIG YouTube channel 


Presentations outline the features in CoalLog v2.0, discuss its application and provide information on the changes between v2.0 and previous releases of the standard.

Further information regarding CoalLog, including the CoalLog training manual, is available from the AusIMM web site.  The development of CoalLog v2.0 was supported by ACARP Project C22017.

Coal Log V2.0 is Here

CoalLog V2.0 is here – find out about the latest developments in Brisbane next Wednesday, 11 March 2015.

Phase 2 development of CoalLog includes:

  • Plotting symbols for all lithologies and qualifiers
  • Geology and Geotechnical Training Manual
  • Standardised Stratigraphic and Seam Names
  • Updated Logging Sheets and Code Dictionaries

Find out more at the seminar and stay around for drinks afterwards.

Where:   Theodore Club, 333 Adelaide St Brisbane, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

AIG is planning to record a video of this presentation for the benefit of members unable to attend this talk in Brisbane.  The video will be available via AIG’s YouTube channel.