Steele Law: Expert resources lawyers
The statutory frameworks established under each Act operate in the broadly similar way. They each provide for the granting of leases and licenses authorising the exploration for, and extraction of, minerals and petroleum.
Each Act contains a land access regime and mechanisms designed to ensure that the environmental effects of mining and petroleum production are appropriately mitigated and that affected land is rehabilitated once mineral and petroleum extraction is complete.
The grant of a mining or petroleum lease or licence confers a necessary but not sufficient authorisation to carry out mining or petroleum extraction.
Such development also requires other key approvals including:
- a development consent granted under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPA Act);
- an Environment Protection Licence (EPL) granted under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act); and
- in many cases, an approval granted under the Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
How we can help
Based in Sydney, we assist clients across NSW to resolve complex resources law matters. At Steele Law, we can help you by:
- advising you on the statutory assessment and approval requirements for a particular resources project;
- assisting you to obtain, renew or transfer mining or petroleum authorities;
- representing you in land access negotiations;
- reviewing environmental assessment documents to check whether they are legally robust;
- assisting you with approval compliance issues including responding to statutory investigations; and
- advising and representing you in legal proceedings challenging the approvals granted for a resources project.
Examples of projects with respect to which we have demonstrated our experience advising on Resources Law issues can be found here.
Contact us for more information.