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Vandals of the Great Barrier Reef

March 11, 2012

It will forever remain a mystery to me why Governments from around the world are constantly approving corporate projects which might in one way or another further endanger our precious and finitely balanced environment; while there is no refuting the fact that civilization must always move forward in its endless progress, it is a fact that whatever we do today will also impact on our future generations. Therefore shouldn’t we be careful about some of the things we allow corporations to do?

One of the latest corporate projects that might impact heavily on our environment is the one in which Greenpeace says a $50 billion expansion of the Queensland coal industry will see a dramatic increase in coal ships sailing through one the most beautiful and pristine areas of the world, the Great Barrier Reef; Greenpeace says the project might have Government approval within weeks. While some people are extremely happy that Greenpeace is fighting to protect our reefs, the local Minerals Council has described the green group’s opposition as economic vandalism.

But just who are the vandals?

Consider that the supposed “Protectors” of the marine park, The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, are right now at loggerheads with the federal government over potentially hundreds of millions of dollars to be collected from a proposed new fee to dump dredging spoils into the reef area, but while they are each other’s throats over the money, not one of these callous wonders of humanity has ever questioned the fact that the dumping would occur in a World Heritage Area.

And why are they dredging one of the most beautiful areas in the world?

Because once the project is approved the number of ships to pass through the reef will increase from some 1,700 to an unbelievable 10,150 ships by the year 2020 and many of these ships will be so large that dredging is necessary to allow for their passage. So the proof of who the vandals are is given by the fact that dredging had begun even before approval for the coal project has been given.

It’s almost like a Break and Enter, some people should be in handcuffs for this one.

The truth of the matter is that the real vandals in this issue were so blatant in their acts that the United Nation’s environmental body, UNESCO had to send a team to compile a report on the World Heritage area because the government of Australia completely failed to inform them about the huge LNG project corporations want to develop near Gladstone,Queensland.

That’s right … they failed to inform the UN about the project, so when we consider such a blatant act of vandalism then I think there is not much chance of saving the reef without a fight.

After meeting with fishing groups, environmental groups and industry bodies the team will present its report to the World Heritage Committee in June, which will then decide whether to list the reef as a World Heritage site in Danger.

References:
Brisbane Times.com.au
ABC.net.au
Herald Sun.com.au

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Martin Lack permalink
    March 14, 2012 12:28 am

    Nice one, Donald. You may have missed it while you were “away” but I posted something regarding the Great Barrier Reef back in January?
    http://lackofenvironment.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/all-things-are-connected/

    I am hoping now to sit down and watch Strange Days on Planet Earth over on LfD. Thanks for bringing it to the attention of all of us.

  2. Martin Lack permalink
    March 16, 2012 10:27 pm

    “Barking at the darkness” Are you sure you are not actually “Howling at the insanity”…?”

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