Environmental group Friends of the Earth takes on one of world’s largest mining companies in climate change first
“If not rejected, Xstrata will be given the green light to build the biggest mine in the southern hemisphere,” Friends of the Earth spokesperson Dr Bradley Smith said.
Swiss owned Xstrata is proposing to establish the mine just 600 metres out of the small town of Wandoan, 400 kms north west of Brisbane, which would extract 30 million tonnes of coal each year, and create 1.3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide pollution.
“This mega mine will be one of the largest coal mines in the world, and contribute a sizable 0.15% of annual global emissions every year,” Dr Smith said.
“This might sound like a small number, but in fact it’s the equivalent to the combined emissions of 72 countries around the world, and roughly equivalent to the fossil fuel emissions of New Zealand.
“Allowing this mine to go ahead would cause severe and long-term adverse environmental impacts due to the large emission of greenhouse gases.
“We have engaged some of the world’s leading climate change experts as witnesses to assist the Queensland Land Court in understanding our climate change case.
“Taking on a billion dollar monolith like Xstrata is no mean feat, however it’s a fight worth having. The slow creeping impacts from climate change will have a significant impact on Australia’s future; establishing new mines and burning more fossil fuels is a backward step for our country.”
Derec Davies, Friends of the Earth mob 0421 835 587
Tina McElligott, Friends of the Earth mob 0401 740 440
Notes to Producer/CoS:
Dr Bradley Smith will be available to be interviewed from 6am on Monday August 22. Please contact one of the above contacts to arrange an interview. He will also be available to interview on camera at the steps of Brisbane Lands Court Cnr Turbot & George Streets at 9:30am on Monday August 22.