State can­not af­ford wa­ter for min­ing

The Queensland Times - - Your Say -

ISAAC Shire and the min­ing town­ship of Mo­ran­bah is now so short on wa­ter that the coun­cil is telling res­i­dents to dras­ti­cally cut their us­age.

Mean­while, Adani is propos­ing to suck 10 bil­lion litres of wa­ter, wa­ter that Mo­ran­bah re­lies on, from the Bur­dekin catch­ment to run the Adani Carmichael mine.

Plus, Adani is claim­ing that their plan to ex­tract this wa­ter does not re­quire the reg­u­lar en­vi­ron­ment as­sess­ment process.

When over half of Queens­land is cur­rently suf­fer­ing drought con­di­tions and with Adani’s mine within drought de­clared ar­eas, we can­not af­ford to give wa­ter to Adani.

North Queens­lan­ders are do­ing their bit to save wa­ter, and pay­ing their fair share to use it.

Why does our State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ment think that it’s fair to risk Queens­land’s wa­ter re­sources into the fu­ture, all for short term, boom and bust min­ing oper­a­tions like Adani’s?

Our wa­ter will be wasted on wash­ing down coal and prop­ping up Adani’s mine, when it should be safe­guarded for re­gional Queens­lan­ders for gen­er­a­tions to come. MAG­GIE MCKE­OWN Mackay

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