Arrow Pipeline Approval may “In Danger” the Great Barrier Reef

Arrow Pipeline Approval may “In Danger” the Great Barrier Reef The approval of the Arrow Pipeline by the State government will have environmental consequences that may be more far reaching than anticipated.   UNESCO is watching the state government and federal government actions in the lead up to its decision whether to put the Great Barrier Reef on the “In Danger” list.  Their main concern initially was due to the LNG plants approved on Curtis Island. June Norman, the grandmother … More…

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Cairns (AAP) The Great Barrier Reef will become little more than a mass of seaweed if the development of coal ports on the Queensland coast continues, a marine expert says. Professor Callum Roberts says mining firms don’t care about the reef, and the Queensland government needs to do more to protect ‘this global icon’. ‘Most of the (mining firms) don’t give a stuff about the environment,’ Prof Roberts, a marine conservation biologist at the University of York in England, told … More…

Queensland Telegraph – ‘Resource consultants acting like high paid super models’ by John Mikkelsen

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Queensland Telegraph – ‘Resource consultants acting like high paid super models’ by John Mikkelsen AN  ENVIRONMENTAL medicine specialist has compared consultants working on major resource developments with “supermodels who won’t get out of bed for less than $5000 a day”. The claim was made by Save the Reef spokesman Dr Andrew Jeremijenko, an occupational physician who once worked as chief medical officer for Woodside Petroleum in WA. He has also provided “Telemedicine advice” to major coal seam gas and  Curtis … More…

The Observer – Dump in sea or pull out, MP told

NO OPTION: North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation has said it has no option but to dump dredge spoil from Abbot Point (above) into the sea.

IT could be a show stopper. North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation has told a Central Queensland MP the organisation has no option but to dump dredge spoil from Abbot Point into the sea. The proposal to deposit three million cubic tonnes of spoil as part of the port’s $6.9 billion expansion has been contentious since it was announced in January. Local fishermen fear the spoil, if left at sea, could impact on mackerel and prawn numbers. Terminal administrators NQBP have said … More…

The Observer – Bill aims to prevent uranium being shipped through reef

A BILL to outlaw new ports on the Great Barrier Reef will be introduced by the Greens in parliament in Canberra on Wednesday. Queensland Senator Larissa Waters said she would introduce the bill to make law the recommendations of UNESCO, after the international regulator visited Australia last year. It also aimed to prevent any shipping of uranium mined in Queensland through the reef, after Queensland Mining Minister Andrew Cripps said the shipping proposal could be on the table. While the … More…

Herald Sun – Climate change, coal terminals … Great Barrier Reef under constant threat

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Herald Sun – Climate change, coal terminals … Great Barrier Reef under constant threat CLIMATE change and the development coal terminals on the Queensland coast could permanently destroy the Great Barrier Reef, a marine expert warns. In his keynote speech at the David Thomas Conservation Oration in Sydney on Monday, Professor Callum Roberts will say that the Great Barrier Reef is under threat once again. “The threat of oil and gas exploitation on reef in 1960s and 1970s really triggered … More…

The Observer – Govt not opposed to uranium being shipped over reef

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Govt not opposed to uranium being shipped over reef The Gladstone Observer THE State Government is not opposed in principle to uranium being shipped from a Queensland port through the Great Barrier Reef, Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps says. Mr Cripps was commenting on Monday after a six-person Uranium Implementation Committee returned its report to the government after three months of work, widely supporting an end to a 24-year ban on the industry. The committee estimated Queensland major … More…

New science panel looks at water, not sick fish by John Mikkelsen – The Queensland Telegraph

Colour Photo of a diseased shovel-nose shark caught in Gladstone Harbour last year. Photo AAP.

New science panel looks at water, not sick fish by John Mikkelsen – The Queensland Telegraph SPECULATION has been running hot over membership of the State Government’s new science panel to oversee Gladstone Harbour water quality, with claims there is no focus on the health of marine animals. Makeup of the panel under the leadership of marine scientist Dr Ian Poiner was announced recently by Environment Minister Andrew Powell, but in local media comments, some Gladstone residents have pointed out the … More…

DUGONGS AND TURTLES STARVE AGAIN

SUNSHINE COAST DAILY Dugongs and turtles face food shortage after floods Hannah Busch 7th Mar 2013 10:10 AM Dugongs and turtles will face a shortage of seagrass following the January floods. STILL recovering from floods more than two years ago, Hervey Bay’s dugongs and turtles will now face another stretch of scarce food in the region following ex-tropical Cyclone Oswald. Department of Environment and Heritage Protection chief scientist Dr Col Limpus said it could be months before the full impact … More…