Who approves mining activities in NSW?

Who approves mining activities in NSW?

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment, Independent Planning Commission and the Division of Resources and Geosciences are responsible for assessing and approving mining and coal seam gas activities. The final decision on specific activities usually rests with the Minister for Planning (or delegate).

The Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 require large coal mining and CSG production proposals that are likely to significantly impact on water resources to be referred to the Commonwealth. If the proposal is likely to significantly impact water resources, it is called a 'controlled action' and Commonwealth approval will be required.

There are currently no licences or leases in place in the Special Areas that permit coal seam gas activities. This is an outcome from a decision by the NSW Government to buy back the licences applying to parts of the Special Areas.

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