Greater support for farmers to take up alternative farming practices and less toxic chemicals is needed to protect the Great Barrier Reef, following yesterday’s four month partial suspension of the toxic herbicide Diuron by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).
The risky coal seam gas industry looks set to secure millions of litres of groundwater from the Murray Darling Basin while the environment misses out, Australian Greens mining spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters said today.
The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) has been thrown into a panic over the ABC’s new online research project on coal seam gas mining, Australian Greens spokesperson for mining Senator Larissa Waters said today.
Only half of the Coral Sea is proposed to be fully protected in the Government’s draft plan released today, which is a missed opportunity to create the world’s largest marine national park, Queensland Senator and Coral Sea spokesperson Larissa Waters said.
The Queensland Greens believe that:
Queensland’s novice Minister for the Environment Vicky Darling admitted in an evening news interview that she was unaware that her Department had approved the discharge of treated CSG water to the Condamine River (and Murray Darling system) which is harmful to aquatic ecosystems.
On the same day she issued a press release that misrepresents the CSG companies’ capacity to reinject produced water into aquifers. [See: http://www.cabinet.qld.gov.au/MMS/StatementDisplaySingle.aspx?id=77821 /The Honourable Vicky Darling/24/11/2011/Environment and farmers first under Coal Seam Water Policy]
The latest October water test results from Queensland’s Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) indicate that dredging is linked to the two months of extreme turbidity spikes in Gladstone harbour.
The Queensland Greens say that announcements by both major parties today indicate they are not stepping back from full commitment to the mining and gas sectors but believe they can bribe Queenslanders into accepting the loss of basic resources.
The Queensland Greens say that news that marine disease has now spread to prawns in Gladstone harbour confirms their worst fears regarding the seriousness of the ecosystem collapse occurring there and warned that failure to act swiftly would endanger the entire Queensland seafood&nbs