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Existing Abbot Point Coal Port and coal stockpiles, Abbot Point, Queensland © Kiwi / AMCS Collection

Existing Abbot Point Coal Port and coal stockpiles, Abbot Point, Queensland © Kiwi / AMCS Collection

WWF: Abbot Point expansion too big a risk

20 Aug 2015

Keywords
  • marine pollution
  • climate change
  • fight for the reef
  • great barrier reef

WWF-Australia today called on the Queensland Government to shelve the Abbot Point expansion which risks becoming a ‘white elephant’.

The comments came as a draft Environmental Impact Statement on the controversial project was released for public comment.

“The port expansion is to support Adani’s Carmichael coal project but there is far too much uncertainty surrounding that mine,” said WWF Reef campaigner Richard Leck.

“More and more major banks are saying they won’t be involved with the Carmichael project.

Queensland Treasury advice, released under freedom-of-information laws, said it was unlikely to stack up on a conventional project finance assessment.

“The only justification for the port expansion is a mine that is looking increasingly doubtful.

“Why risk building a white elephant, that will damage the inshore environment, for a mine that might never happen?

“To expand the port, 61 hectares of seabed will be ripped up creating 1.1 million cubic metres of dredge spoil.

“The destruction doesn’t end there – damaging dredge plumes will be created harming sea grass and potentially reaching nearby reefs,” he said.

WWF-Australia Media Contact:

Mark Symons, Senior Media Officer, 0400 985 571

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