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Guidance for Solving Environmental Challenges of Mining, Construction, Processing, and Oil and Gas Fields Projects

The minerals industry, which includes minerals, metals, oil and gas, in its value added in upstreams as well as in infrastructure and construction, contributes to the range of 10-16% of any country’s annual Gross Domestic Products (GDP). The sector has been under increased focus due to heavy investment possibilities and resulting employment generation that are quite resilient to downturns, industrial cycles and recession. At the same time this industry, in its huge diversity and complications, attracts attention from the environmental regulators, NGOs and the public due to visible and perceptible pollution. For an industrial developer, the projects’ performance becomes critical in the face of the above dynamics.

Environmental clearance of Mining, Construction, Processing and Oil and Gas Fields Projects is becoming more stringent everyday. That is understandable and acceptable, but what is more alarming is the lack of skill sets required to handle such challenges that can come from different agencies such as the department of environment, department of forest, NGOs, the general public, and indigenous peoples to name a few.

While the demand for a book dealing with such issues has remained high and topical for a long time, this book would surely fill the gap by bringing in the regulatory, engineering and management aspects of environmental control for the projects. This book is a good companion to those interested in project clearance in particular, and environmental management in general. The book is a compilation of works of experts from the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forest (MOEF), industry, legal affairs, and academia. This book can be a companion copy for the experts who wish to learn the processes of the environment related to projects and clearance.

Editor: Jayanta Bhattacharya, PhD.
Published in 2009 by Wide Publishing.
Hardbound, with CD
444 pages
ISBN: 978-81-909043-0-8


This book has been authoritatively written by world renowned experts like Prof. S.P. Banerjee, Ex-Director (Actg), ISM Dhanbad; Prof. J. Bhattacharya, Head, Dept. of Mining Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, Prof. I. Dube, Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property & Law, and many other distinguished experts. They deal with the issues related to clearance, design, engineering, inspection and management of core engineering projects.
This book is a must-read for students and professionals in mining, construction, processing, and oil and gas fields.
-- Prof. Soumitra Singh, Superintending Engineer (Environment), South Eastern Coalfields Limited, Bilaspur.

About the Editor:

Dr. Jayanta Bhattacharya is currently Professor and Head of the Department of Mining Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

After obtaining both his B.Tech and M.Tech degrees from the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, he joined ITT Kharagpur in 1987 where he obtained his Ph.D. in Engineering, specializing in reliability engineering and mine system planning.

Dr. Bhattacharya has made pioneering contributions in the field of research and education related to quality and reliability engineering, algorithm development, and bio-remediation and treatment of acid mine and industrial effluents.

He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He is also a member of the editorial boards of three international journals: Mineral Resources Engineering, Industrial Insider, and Mine, Metals and Fuels. He has written more than 100 research papers in refereed journals and proceedings, and has edited a number of conference proceedings and monographs.

A CD of selected PowerPoint presentations related to "Environmental Clearance of Projects" is included with each copy of the book.

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