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State government to promote Great Barrier Reef Marine Park facts

Queensland’s minerals and energy sector has applauded the announcement of a major state government campaign to promote the facts surrounding the management and protection of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, the Queensland Resources Council...
3rd March 2014

Ports not the main threat to Great Barrier Reef – report

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Australian government’s progress report to the World Heritage Committee on the state of conservation of the Great Barrier Reef, saying that confirmed the real threat to the reef. “The...
3rd February 2014

Great Barrier Reef approves dredging project to expand coal terminal

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s (GBRMPA’s) grant of dredge permits to expand the Abbot Point Port. “The dredging project goes hand-in-hand with the development of new coal...
31st January 2014

Hunt approves Abbot Point coal terminal expansion

Federal environment Minister Greg Hunt has reportedly approved the development of the Terminal 0 (T0) project at the Abbot Point coal terminal, in Queensland. The 70-million-tonne-a-year terminal project is being developed by Indian resource...
10th December 2013

Govt delays Abbot Point enviro approval decision until after elections

The federal government has delayed an environmental approval on the expansion of the Abbot Point terminal, in Queensland, until after the elections on September 7. Environment Minister Mark Butler said he had recently received a number of...
12th August 2013

GVK rejects report claiming Alpha project is uneconomical

Indian conglomerate GVK on Thursday “strongly refuted” a report claiming that the $10-billion Alpha coal project, in Queensland, was uneconomic and offered investors unacceptable risk. The report, released by the US-based Institute for Energy...
20th June 2013

South of Embley bauxite mine and port development project, Australia Restricted

The South of Embley project involves a staged increase in production to 50-million dry product tonnes a year.
14th June 2013

Scientists issue warning on Great Barrier Reef

More than 150 scientists have urged the Australian government to slow down industrial development around the Great Barrier Reef, warning of a “bleak” future if port expansions were not reined in. Scientists from 33 institutions have signed a...
5th June 2013

EPBC Amendment Bill based on ‘false premise’ – QRC

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has again defended the resources sector against allegations of its supposed impact on the Great Barrier Reef, saying that a rigorous environmental assessment regime and management arrangements were in place...
23rd May 2013

Rio gets nod for Cape York bauxite project

Australian Environment Minister Tony Burke on Wednesday approved Rio Tinto’s South of Embley bauxite mine, in Queensland, but imposed 76 conditions on the $1-billion, western Cape York Peninsula-based project, to protect the Great Barrier Reef....
15th May 2013

ACA condemns Greenpeace coal protest

The Australian Coal Association (ACA) on Wednesday warned that environmental activist group Greenpeace could negatively affect the Australian economy, after six members of Greenpeace boarded a moving coal ship bound for South Korea in the inner...
24th April 2013

Rio publishes amended EIS for Cape York bauxite mine

Mining giant Rio Tinto has released a draft environmental-impact statement (EIS) for its South of Embley project, in Cape York, Queensland. The amended draft EIS comes after federal Environment Minister Tony Burke tightened the environmental...
21st November 2012
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