Abbot Pt impact report flawed: Greenpeace
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BRISBANE, Dec 4 AAP
December 04 2012, 4:24PM
The assessment of the environmental impact of three proposed new coal terminals at Abbot Point in north Queensland is critically flawed, Greenpeace says.
Climate campaigner Georgina Woods says the study includes no estimate of greenhouse gas contributions from the terminals.
It also makes no mention of the impact of dumped dredge spoil on a Whitsunday Island protected as a national park.
However, Acting Premier Jeff Seeney says no matter how exacting the assessment was, Greenpeace would have the same response.
"Nothing will satisfy the extreme greens whose aim is to close the coal industry," Mr Seeney told AAP.
Ms Woods says the proposed new terminals, within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, may increase the volume of coal exported from the site to more than 200 million tonnes per annum.
"That's over two-thirds of what we are currently exporting per year," she said in a statement.
"In the past month, frightening new research has revealed the world is heading towards global warming of four degrees Celsius, and coal is Australia's - and the world's - biggest contribution to this disaster."
Ms Woods said it was "astounding" that a study of the impact of three new coal export terminals would omit such globally significant information.
She said it revealed the extent to which the coal industry was still evading its responsibility for climate change.
Mr Seeney said the impact report by proponents of the projects involved 16 separate environmental studies and was peer reviewed by leading scientists and experts.
"These assessments found that well-managed development could co-exist with a healthy environment," he said.
"Expansion at the port to facilitate mining growth will boost the state's economy and provide thousands of new jobs."