Greens: Minister Needs to Revoke Abbot Point Approval

Following revelations on the ABC’s Four Corners program, the Australian Greens are calling on Minister Hunt to revoke his approval of the Abbot Point dredging and dumping in the Great Barrier Reef and then resign.

It’s clear that strong scientific concerns within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority were trumped by political will to approve the Abbot Point dredging and dumping,” Queensland Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson said.

As former GBRMPA director Jon Day said on the program, there were alternatives but the cheapest option was ticked off on for the big mining companies. Another GBRMPA officer advised that the Abbot Point dredging and dumping was socially and environmentally unacceptable.

“All of the evidence points to the approval decision being political rather than science based and it must be revoked.

“The Abbott Government has deserted the tourism and fishing industries, who have already suffered the destruction of dredging and dumping at Gladstone Harbour and Hay Point.

“The Great Barrier Reef, which brings in $6 billion annually and is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is being turned into a dredging and dumping ground for the big mining companies under the Abbott Government.

“To save the Reef from being added to the World Heritage ‘In Danger’ list, the old parties should support the Greens’ bill to ban dredge spoil dumping in the Reef, which is currently in the federal Parliament,” Senator Waters said.

Press Release, August 19, 2014

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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