The government of Queensland, Australia, is working closely with flood impacted mines in the state to expedite dewatering works and protect the quality of the water.

Treasurer and acting climate change and sustainability Minister Andrew Fraser said protecting the quality of the water for the communities surrounding flooding catchments is the priority.

“That is why we are working closely with the mines to ensure authorised dewatering activities go ahead while there are high volumes of water to dilute the discharge and minimise the risk of environmental impact,” Fraser said.

The government expects around 40 mines to be affected by the widespread rain and flooding and each mine is being individually case managed.

Queensland Mines Minister Stephen Robertson said the state’s growing coal seam gas industry has so far weathered the flooding.