Company: Natural Resources Wales
Job title: Abandoned Mines Senior Specialist Advisor
Peter is a Chartered Geologist initially specialising in land contamination, ground gas and landfill engineering. Over the last fifteen years he has been involved in assessing the impacts of abandoned metal mines in Wales, initially in consulting and then for the Governments’ regulator. Peter successfully steered remediation work at Brofiscin Quarry, a liquid chemical waste tip in South Wales, prior to steering surface water management and remedial capping of the abandoned Frongoch lead and zinc mine spoil and tailings, near Aberystwyth, Mid Wales. Peter has been responsible for developing a joint Metal (Non-Coal) Mine Programme between NRW and the Coal Authority that focusses on higher impacting abandoned metal mines in our failing waterbodies. Now he acts as NRW’s Technical Authority to the Programme.
To provide a range of tools for treating or harvesting from mine water, Peter has driven NRW’s RD&I, sponsored by Welsh Government, through the MineXchange forum with academics, innovators and consultancy. A range of successful treatments trials will help to provide cost benefits that can be tailored according to their success and appropriateness for each site’s habitat, heritage, landscape and stakeholder constraints. Wales is the first country in the World to introduce sustainability directly into legislation and public bodies have a duty to consider well-being benefits. In partnership working, Peter seeks to further leverage capital expenditure on remedial work to help provide match funding for multiple community benefits. Last July he co-Chaired the first virtual IMWA conference IMWA2021. Peter is looking forward to showcasing their work at IMWA2023, when they host the live event at ICCWales Newport.
PANEL DISCUSSION: Sharing best practice of water management in legacy mines 4:30 pm
What key lessons have you learnt from existing closed mines you’ll be taking forward? How are you planning for mine closures and where are you investing time and resource? What best practice can be taken from older mining nations? What can be done during an operational mine to prepare for a successful closure?Read more
day: 25 April 2022