Lake Jasper mining a threat
While many of us have been distracted by the ongoing debate over the likelihood of fracking becoming a reality in the region, an actual mining application for a lease to mine mineral sands on the wetlands associated with and surrounding Lake Jasper near Pemberton has been quietly filed and is now awaiting final approval, pending filing of required information under the Mining Act, by Strategic Energy Resources. The application is for a lease. Permission to mine would be subject to environmental and heritage assessments. Lake Jasper is WA’s biggest permanent freshwater lake and a site of cultural significance.
It lies within the D’Entrecasteaux National Park but was excised from the park in 1988 by the then WA State Government to allow for mining to go ahead.
MRREC urges anybody with concerns about this to contact local MPs and the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety and demand that this lease not be granted. See savelakejasper.org.au for more information.