Dewatering Licences for the Extractive Industry

Quarry dewatering licences used to be exempt from licencing, but not for too much longer. By the end of 2019, licences need to be submitted to and validated by the Environment Agency (EA) in England and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) in Wales.

Our groundwater team have a long and successful track record in the assessment of a range of water-related aspects linked to mineral extraction and mining, ranging from:

  • Desk-based collation of background information
  • Planning and permitting support
  • Regional-scale assessment of mining impacts upon the water environment
  • Detailed ground investigation
  • Eco-hydrological and hydrogeological risk assessment.

We can help minerals operators make these quarry dewatering licence applications but there is a tight programme as you can see from the below timeline:

JBA Dewatering Licences for the Extractive Industry timeline
Dewatering Licences for the Extractive Industry timeline

Extractive Industry Geology Biennial Conference

In order to understand the issue more, Eleanor Haresign, Senior Hydrogeologist, attended and presented at a recent Extractive Industry Geology Biennial Conference at Durham University. A central theme during the conference was the water environment and the new licencing regulations for abstraction volumes greater than twenty cubic metres per day.

Conference feedback suggests that very few operators have yet to progress their applications. Discussions during the workshops revealed that many are anxious about having sufficient data records to support their transitional application and demonstrate no significant impacts on water environment receptors.

At the conference, we were also able to share some of our work on a project in the English Midlands which looked at the impact of extending a privately-owned sand and gravel quarry located next to a sensitive peat body and other designated sites.

Want to know more?

Email Eleanor Haresign for more information on her experiences at the conference. You can also visit our groundwater web page to find out how we can help you and your projects.

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