Whilst the Senate Enquiry into the Impacts of Mining in the Murray Darling Basin hears personal submissions on Monday in Gunnedah, BHP’s latest ‘stakeholders report’ declares that “While BHP Billiton would consider long wall mining only under the ridge country, it may make sense for some deep underground roadways to be under the area where the floodplains meet the ridges.”Clearly the intention is now to ‘tunnel’ between the three ridges under the floodplain to get the coal out to a common (surface based) loader (bye, bye Doona State Forest). Any such ‘tunnels’ will also go under the Mooki River and Quirindi Creek. No mention of their fate in the latest report. (Mining companies don’t have a good track record under rivers and creeks…)
At least BHP finally acknowledge our “high value agricultural land” [and] “regional ground water systems”. It’s a start. … Read More »
That is the question.
BHP and NSW Minister Macdonald last week issued a self congratulatory Press Release, claiming to have now excluded the Caroona Exploration Area floodplains from the ravages of mining by virtue of changes to the BHP Exploration Licence. Without any prior consultation with CCAG, regrettably the statement was typically circumspect in its wording, as we have to come to expect.
CCAG spokesperson, Tim Duddy, has again called on BHP to simply rule out all mining on or under the floodplains, full stop.No qualification. No double talk. This is what the community wants.