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Water Amendment Bill 2008

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The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia








Water Amendment Bill 2008



(1)     Schedule 2, page 318 (after line 8), after item 161, insert:

161A  After section 255


255A Mitigation of unintended diversions

             (1)  Prior to exploration licences being granted for subsidence mining operations on floodplains that have underlying groundwater systems forming part of the Murray-Darling system inflows, an independent expert study must be undertaken to determine the impacts of the proposed mining operations on the connectivity of groundwater systems, surface water and ground water flows and water quality.

             (2)  Where a substantial risk is identified exploration licences must not be granted.

[impact of mining on groundwater systems]