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Adani coal terminal releases more water into wetlands near Abbot Point port

Coal News - Published on Mon, 11 Feb 2019

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ABC reported that monsoonal rain hitting north Queensland has resulted in a release of water from Adani's Abbot Point coal terminal site into the adjacent Caley Valley wetlands. Operations at the port were suspended earlier this week due to the heavy rainfall that caused extensive flooding in Townsville. In a statement, Abbot Point Operations, which is owned by the Indian mining giant, said an inspection of the site on Thursday showed floodwater had been released into the Caley Valley wetlands from an authorised release point. A company spokesperson said that "The inspection indicates there has been no release of waters into the marine environment or the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, however floodwater has been released to the Caley Valley wetlands from an authorised release point. Abbot Point Operations promptly reported these preliminary inspection findings to the Department of Environment and Science. Abbot Point Operations will continue to monitor the releases and keep the department informed, and is confident that no environmental harm has or will occur."

Mr Peter McCullum from the Mackay Conservation Group said he was concerned that any possible damage might not be promptly assessed. He said that "Any water that comes out of a coal port is likely to have significants contaminants in it. The Government said back in September last year that they would have monitoring in place at Abbot Point in order to determine whether there was any contamination of those wetlands during the upcoming wet season. But as far as we know they don't have anything in place to monitor in real time."

The State Department of Environment and Science said it had been advised of the water release by Abbot Point coal terminal.

DES said in a statement that "The stormwater release is currently occurring from a dam spillway as a result of recent heavy rain associated with the monsoon trough."

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 11 Feb 2019
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