Coal or algae?
IT WAS reported in the pressthat the Abbot Point coal terminal north of Bowen is being investigated by the Qld Department of Environment & Heritage Protection for releasing coal contaminated water, over and above the special licence it was granted, during the recent Cyclone Debbie event.
The terminal is accused of polluting the Caley Valley wetlands and the adjacent GBR waters and faces multi million dollar fines for doing so.
In light of this, does Cr Mike Brunker still stick by his claim that the pollution seen in aerial photos of the wetlands and beaches is due to algae?
If so, I think we could all reflect on some of his other pronouncements published in the Whitsunday Times in the past.
In reality this is an indication of just how desperate the proponents of the expansion of coal exports from North Queensland are.
They cling to the belief that “coal is good for Australia” when it clearly isn’t, and they are prepared to say or do anything to combat sensible arguments against it.
There are very few long term jobs in the coal industry - but there are in tourism. The Great Barrier Reef can provide lasting economic benefits, provided that it is well protected. It is a sustainable resource - unlike coal which will probably fall out of favour as a source of energy in more enlightened countries long before every last bit has been mined - leaving NQ with a stranded resource.
What do you do with a huge hole in the ground, a disused coal port and billion dollar railway line which goes nowhere?
Of course the GBR has been badly damaged in this region by Cyclone Debbie, but it can recover from that provided it is given the right conditions to do so. That means oceans which are not constantly heating up and becoming more acidic due to elevated levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
You simply can’t have a viable GBR and a massive
increase in coal extraction and burning. It seems that Mr Brunker is oblivious to all this though. In fact his mindset is strikingly similar in some ways to the coal he and his fellow Adani fans (Turnbull, Palaszczuk, Lyneham, Christensen etc) seek to mine they are both out of date in the modern world.
ADANI faces a possible multi-million-dollar fine after sediment water eight times above authorised levels was discharged from the Abbot Point coal terminal last month.
You read that right, Adani exceeded the permitted levels
by a staggering 800%.
Coal-laden water passed through a monitoring location adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area.
This is a completely unacceptable outcome from an international company that has a history of environmental destruction overseas, and shows that Adani are not a fit and proper company to operate on the shores of our Great Barrier Reef or anywhere near the artesian basin. They simply can’t be trusted with our environment. This major breach reinforces the fact that no matter how many rules and regulations are put in place by governments, harmful environmental breaches will still occur. It also raises
questions about Adani’s ability to self-monitor its environmental impact at the Abbot Point site.
The Queensland environment department says it is considering action against the company, putting to rest the falsehoods spruiked by both Adani and ill-informed politicians of every level that no improper discharge had occurred.
WELL it looks like there is a lot of wrecked boats around again and everyone will want to know what to do with them.
Why not take them to sea and dump them as dive sites
and artificial reefs? You want tourists to come here, so give them something to see. I’m sure the charter people will tell you where the best places are.
People love to dive and fish when they come here, so think about it for the benefit of everyone. Artificial reefs will also protect the Barrier Reef and do less anchor damage.