As competition for limited water resources between mines and people intensifies, stringent environmental legislation is changing the mining landscape in Africa. Mining companies that neglect environmental and water management programmes may suffer severe legal, financial and reputational risks, says SRK Consulting principal hydrologist and partner Peter Shepherd. Vicky Sidler reports.
Complying with strict environmental legislation is challenging the mining industry with increased expenditure as the risks and costs on projects increase. Since many mining companies need to establish complex water procurement systems, projects timelines can be affected and technical resources are challenged.