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Pit Lake Sustainability - What Is It, and How Do I Get It?

Due to operational and regulatory practicalities, pit lakes will continue to be legacies of many open cut mining lease relinquishments. Unplanned or inappropriate management of these significant geographical features may lead to a short-term liability to all stakeholders during mining operations, or to ongoing liability to the local community and environment following lease relinquishment. However, the potential for pit lakes to provide benefit to companies, communities and the environment is frequently unrecognised and yet may be a vital contribution to the sustainability of the open cut mining industry. Improved remediation technologies are offering more avenues for pit lake end use than ever before, at the same time mining companies, local communities and regulatory authorities are also becoming more aware of the benefit these water resources have to offer. Sustainable pit lake management aims to better minimise short- and long-term pit lake liabilities, and yet also to maximise short- and long-term pit lake opportunities as well._x000D_
FORMAL CITATION:McCullough, C and Lund, M, 2006. Pit lake sustainability - what is it, and how do I get it? in Proceedings Water in Mining 2006, pp 323-330 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).
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