Earth Resources Regulation continues to raise the bar on operators within the resource sector, stepping in to protect communities and environments when safeguards are breached.
Judgment has been handed down in the Melbourne Magistrates Court after the regulator commenced court proceedings against Sandy Mining Pty Ltd and Douglass Cahill for alleged breaches of a Work Plan and false statements made to the regulator about a Daylesford site.
The mine operator was found to have excavated a mine shaft in conflict with its approved Work Plan for the site.
The Court also found that Sandy Mining Pty Ltd and Mr Douglass Cahill provided false statements to the regulator.
Sentencing is expected to take place in October 2019.
Earth Resources Regulation regulates Victorian mines to protect public safety and the environment.
As noted by Earth Resources Regulation’s Executive Director Anthony Hurst:
“We’re pleased that the Court has upheld the standards and safeguards in place to protect the community and environment.”
“While most mine operators actively comply with their approved work plans, we’ll step in to protect communities and environments when safeguards are breached.”
“Mine licence holders are required to demonstrate that they are fit and proper to operate mine sites, this includes providing accurate information to the regulator.”