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Environment

Apr 05, 2021
Why water sucks when it comes to dust suppression

Why water sucks when it comes to dust suppression

Partner supplied editorial Leading dust suppression specialists Global Road Technology (GRT) are launching their latest dust control initiative as they seek to mitigate air pollution caused by mining activity in Australia. GRT: Drill and Blast Dust Control, is a two-pronged attack on the hazardous, respirable dust generated from drill and blast activities. The first product, GR...

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Mar 15, 2021
Praise for Oaky Creek open-cut rehabilitation

Praise for Oaky Creek open-cut rehabilitation

A former open-cut mine in Central Queensland has been transformed into natural and productive land thanks to a rehabilitation program being hailed as a great example. Resources Minister Scott Stewart said areas of Glencore’s Oaky Creek coal mine had achieved certification for its progressive land rehabilitation. “Up to 133ha of land that was once part… ...

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Feb 08, 2021
Report questions McArthur River impact

Report questions McArthur River impact

A new report on McArthur River Mine says sacred Indigenous sites and an important river system face irreversible damage if operations continue unabated. It highlights issues including acid build-up in waste rock that was misclassified as harmless and seepage from a tailings dam into groundwater and nearby creeks. UNSW engineering associate professor Fiona Johnson, one of the… ...

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Feb 05, 2021
Bravus hits back at rail site run-off allegations

Bravus hits back at rail site run-off allegations

Bravus Mining and Resources has hit back at allegations that poor sediment controls on the massive Carmichael coal construction project are causing environmental damage. The Mackay Conservation Group this week said it believed conditions imposed on the company’s rail project to protect nearby waterways from contamination may have been breached.  MCG’s lawyers at Environmental Justi...

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Nov 06, 2020
Protester locks on to coal project concrete plant

Protester locks on to coal project concrete plant

Police were called to a Carmichael coal project work site today after a protester locked himself on to a concrete batch plant. Frontline Action on Coal, sharing news of the action on social media, identified the protester as Magnetic Island man Barney Jackson. FLAC shared his comments: “I grew up on Magnetic Island on the… ...

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Oct 06, 2020
Peculiar plants at the root of copper study

Peculiar plants at the root of copper study

If you are seeking copper in North-West Queensland, an orderly row of Polycarpaea spirostylis may be a great guide. The flowering plant is among four copper metallophytes in the Roseby Corridor near Cloncurry at the centre of a biogeochemical study. These plants thrive in areas with high copper concentrations in surface soils where other species… ...

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Sep 30, 2020
NT review on seabed mining open for feedback

NT review on seabed mining open for feedback

A review which may see the Northern Territory Government lift its ban on seabed mining is now open for public comment. A draft report lists the likely target resources as including aggregate sands or gravels, mineral sands containing gold, diamonds and rare earth minerals, offshore salt deposits, and mineral deposits (manganese, phosphate, bauxite) that are… ...

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Sep 25, 2020
Partnership extended to safeguard marine health

Partnership extended to safeguard marine health

James Cook University has entered a new five-year partnership with North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) to help safeguard the marine environment. The $5 million agreement expands the current three-year partnership JCU has to track the health of the marine environment around NQBP’s ports at Mackay, Hay Point, Abbot Point and Weipa and will enable… ...

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Sep 02, 2020
FNQ jobs sprout from land restoration scheme

FNQ jobs sprout from land restoration scheme

The first round of projects under the $500 million Land Restoration Fund has been announced – including work tipped to create 400 jobs in Far North Queensland. The initiative will deliver regional jobs, skills and infrastructure, reduced carbon emissions, healthier waterways and more habitat for threatened species, the State Government says. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said… ...

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