Greenpeace Calls For Ends To Plans To Dredge In The Great Barrier Reef

Greenpeace is demanding that a proposal by the Government of Queensland for more dredging and dumping should be thrown out. The proposal seeks to add more dredging in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, with the dredge spoil that is created being dumped right next to the reef.

Plan is bad news

Greenpeace campaigner Shani Tager says this is now the third proposal for dredging at Abbot Point and is extremely bad news for the Reef. There are additional impacts from the dredging and dumping such as more ships passing through the sensitive waters of the reef, more coal dust and a greater risk of shipping accidents. Ms. Tager adds that the main long term threat to the Reef is that the proposal would result in more coal being shipped through the Reef and burned which would negatively impact climate change.

“If Greg Hunt and the Abbott Government are serious about protecting the Reef – as they keep telling the world they are – they should stop this project in its tracks. If the Queensland government is serious about protecting the Reef, it shouldn’t be anywhere near this proposal.” says Tager.

Experts concerned

Experts are already extremely concerned about the health of the Reef and UNESCO is so worried that they may even place the Reef on the World Heritage danger list when they next meet in June. Ms Tager goes on to add that Australians expect their government to pull out all the stops the save a much loved national icon however that is not what is happening. She says the Australian people and the Reef are being let down by the government. China recently announced it would reduce coal imports by 42 per cent which means it is curious why Australia would risk the health of the Reef when it is not obvious that there is future demand for the raw material.

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