The Engineers Australia, Sydney Division Water Engineering Panel is pleased to announce that the June presentation is titled Water and Mining and will be jointly given by Dr Steve Perrens and Mr Steve Pells.

Date: 26th June 2013
Time: 5:30 for 6pm
Location: EA Chatswood, 8 Thomas Street
Entry is Free
Refreshments will be provided
A printable PDF flyer is available

Abstract: Mining and unconventional gas developments are intrinsically linked with the production and use of water. The impacts of mining on both surface and groundwater resources are a topical and controversial issue for government and industry alike.

Dr Steve Perrens of Evans & Peck is an experienced environmental engineer who has been involved in water resource management issues for many years. His experience in assisting mines to manage surface water covers most commodities including bauxite, coal, metalliferous and uranium mines.
Dr Perrens will present on the challenges associated with managing surface water in open cut mining operations. He will review the current regulatory context, uncertainties in the assessment of water demands and the effect of climate variability, all of which need to be taken into account in managing surface water on typical open-cut mine sites.

Mr Steven Pells of Pells Consulting is a civil engineer who has practiced over the last 15 years in the fields of hydrology, hydrogeology, hydraulics and geotechnical engineering. Consulting to various longwall mining proponents in the Sydney Basin has led to an active research interest in the impacts of underground mining and coal seam gas extraction on groundwater systems. Mr Pells will present on the impacts of longwall mining and coal seam gas extraction on groundwater regimes in the Sydney Basin.