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Greens call for McArthur River Mine expansion plans to be dropped.

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Kerry Nettle, Senator for New South Wales


Greens call for McArthur River Mine expansion plans to be dropped.

Senator Kerry Nettle today called for the new owners of the McArthur River mining operation in the Northern Territory to scrap plans for a massive expansion of the site.

Senator Nettle has written to Mick Davis, Chief Executive of Xstrata PLC, to express deep concern at the impact of the proposal that would see the permanent redirection of the McArthur River, the damning of the pristine Glyde River gorge, and the construction of an 800 million ton waste rock pile in the middle of high conservation value area.

"I hope that Xstrata will recognise that this project is totally inappropriate for this special part of the Australian environment and shelve these plans permanently.

"The scale of the proposal is staggering including an open cut pit over 400 metres deep and a 400MW onsite power station. Anyone can see that such a massive increase in operations will devastate the riverine ecosystem and pose serious problems for future use of this special area.

"The Greens await with interests the release of the Environmental Impact Statement, but don't see how such a huge project could be anything but a disaster for the local and downstream environment.

"The project is opposed by every national environmental NGO in Australia and The Greens are happy to join them.

"If Xstrata give the go ahead I'd say they'll certainly have a fight on their hands.

Contact - Jon Edwards 0428 213 146