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Thursday, 22 March 2012

Greens renew call for Dorrigo Plateau mine ban

Media Release- March 22

Greens NSW MP John Kaye has joined the Dorrigo Environment Watch  in calling for the Dorrigo Plateau to be declared a 'no mine zone' to protect the regions river systems and water supply.

Dr Kaye will be visiting Dorrigo National Park this Friday, 23rd March 2012.

Dr Kaye said: "The Dorrigo antimony mining proposals is playing Russian roulette with the environment and downstream residents' health.

"The O'Farrell government knows that he Dorrigo Plateau is entirely unsuitable for antimony mining.

John Kaye meets with Trevor Deane of the Dorrigo Environment Watch Inc
"Antimony mining, high rainfall and steep terrain is a highly risky combination.

"The Nymboida and Clarence rivers would likely suffer as toxic pollutants including arsenic and antimony are washed out of the mine and into the catchments that supply drinking and agricultural water.

North Dorrigo
"The O'Farrell Government has reneged on their pre-election promise to create mining 'no-go' zones in sensitive areas.

"The Dorrigo Plateau catchment supplies water for fisheries, agriculture and domestic consumption.

"Antimony mining would put at risk the local environment and the economy and threaten the livelihood of farmers and the health of residents.

"The O'Farrell Government has failed to rule out Anchor Resources' proposal for a revitalised and expanded antimony mine at Wild Cattle Creek, despite strong community opposition and the environmental and health risks it would create.

"The antimony mine at Hillgrove continues to leach toxic heavy metals into the surrounding environment with several spills reported last year and residents told not to pump from the Macleay River.

"The O'Farrell government should learn the lesson from contamination of the Macleay River and prohibit antimony mining on the Dorrigo Plateau.

"Dorrigo Environment Watch have been monitoring the effects that exploration and mining have had on the local environment.

John Kaye and Trevor Deane on the Skywalk, Dorrigo National Park
"Frustrated by years of inaction by successive state governments, they are seeking international intervention. UNESCO have been asked to protect the pristine Godwana Rainforests from mining contamination.

"The Greens are calling on the O'Farrell Government  to recognise the threat that antimony mining poses to the Dorrigo ecosystem and rule out any future mining projects in the Plateau area" Dr Kaye said.

For more information:    John Kaye 0407 195 455

Article 1: Coffs Coast Advocate
Article 2: Greens Back 'No Mine Zone' Call in Coffs Coast Advocate
Prime TV Story
NBN TV Story

1 comment:

  1. Pollution that will flow into the Clarence River system could poison the water supplies for residents living from Sawtell to Yamba. When you mine antimony you are also mining arsenic.



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