Mining company water usage disclosures for the needs of the local community

Wendy Timms (ACSMP), Ros Taplin (ACSMP), David Laurence (ACSMP), Shane Leong (Macquarie University), James Hazleton (Macquarie University)

This research examined disclosures from selected mining companies regarding their water usage in the Macquarie and Lachlan catchments, New South Wales. The objective of the research was to assess the level and accessibility of disclosures by stakeholders. This information concerns the quantity of water that will be extracted, how much water will be left for other users such as farmers, and whether mining affects water quality. This was an archival study and involved examining information available to the public disclosed by mining companies via voluntary reporting, e.g. under the Global Reporting Initiative, and to government regulators. The research that was recently published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, is titled‘Mine site-level water reporting in the Macquarie and Lachlan catchments: a study of voluntary and mandatory disclosures and their value for community decision-making.(Leong, Hazelton, Taplin, Timms, Laurence  2014).