Mines Minister Gordon Hill has called for nominations for the Department of Minerals and Energy's second annual Awards for Environmental Excellence in the Western Australian mining and petroleum industries.
"The inaugural awards held last year were a great success," Mr Hill said.
"Five awards and five Certificates of Merit were presented to WA mining and petroleum operations which had excelled in the area of environmental protection and management."
The winners of the five main awards were: Normandy Poseidon, CRA Exploration, Alcoa, Hadson Energy and West Australian Petroleum Pty Ltd (WAPET).
Certificates of merit were presented to Forsayth Mining NL, Robe River Iron Associates, BHP Iron Ore, Pancontinental Mining and WAPET.
"The standard of nominations for the 1991 awards was extremely high, but I am confident this year's nominations will match if not surpass those, both in terms of quality and quantity," Mr Hill said.
"The awards were established to recognise and encourage the world-class environmental protection and management work being undertaken by some members of WA's mining and petroleum industries.
"The mining and petroleum industries in WA are at the forefront of environmental management, but unfortunately their work does not always receive the recognition it deserves," he said.
"In contrast, the few examples of poor environmental practice receive wide publicity.
"While it is obviously necessary to identify and correct instances of environmental mismanagement, I believe it is equally important to recognise the commitment many in the industry have made to protect our environment.
"The Awards for Environmental Excellence were created to provide this recognition, and to encourage others in the industry to follow their lead," Mr Hill said.
Further information is available from Mr Hugh Jones, assistant director - Research and Technical Services, Mining Engineering Division, Department of Minerals and Energy, 100 Plain street, East Perth 6004 - telephone: (09) 222 3374.