The biggest coal mine in Australia has been approved in Queensland. The mine will be built in the Galilee Basin, west of Rockhampton, and will include six open-cut pit and five underground mines. Coal will be processed at Abbot Point Coal Terminal. Concerns about the environmental impacts of the main project include that the mine will be a massive emitter of C02 (4.6 billion tonnes over its lifetime), will involve continual dredging and dumping close to the GBR and will result in an increase of coal ships using Queensland water. At a time when the reef is already under intense strain, scientists worry that this development may contribute to the many stresses already on the reef and result in ecosystem collapse.
Deputy Principal at a Sydney high school. Coordinating author of the Geoactive text book series.