Miners change operations to suit weather conditions
February 12, 2012

NSW Miners are working hard to minimise their impact on the environment and the community. They develop and use the latest techniques and technology, like real-time weather and environmental monitoring.

 

Coal & Allied’s Bengalla mine and BHP Billiton’s Mt Arthur Coal mine near Muswellbrook use Real Time Environmental Monitoring Systems, with information on air quality, changing weather patterns, noise, blasting and on site water management data to manage site operations and reduce offsite impacts.

 

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If weather conditions change or become unfavourable, “live” notifications are sent to mine staff and mining operations can either be moved or stopped completely. Water carts, automatic suppression sprays and other dust minimisation tools also help to minimise dust. Real time environmental systems can be an important tool to limit dust or noise from affecting a mine’s near neighbours.

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