Dredging Great Barrier Reef for Abbot Point would be illogical, irresponsible

Brisbane, 22 December 2015: The Queensland government must stick to its election promise and hold off on dredging to expand the Abbot Point coal terminal, even in the face of federal approval for the activities to begin, Greenpeace Australia Pacific said today.

Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt issued the approval today for the dredging in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area to service the proposed Carmichael mine.

“This approval to dredge is not only irresponsible for the reef, it’s illogical and it’s unnecessary,” said Greenpeace reef campaigner, Shani Tager.

“It’s illogical to expand the port to make capacity for the proposed Carmichael mine, because it is a dead-end prospect. Adani hasn’t got the $16 billion, no one’s lending it to them, and coal prices are tanking. Even the International Energy Agency is questioning the project,” she said.

read more …Greenpeace Australia Pacific

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