Reverse approval for Hancock's coal export terminal at Abbot Point
  • Petitioned Tony Burke

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Federal Environment Minister
Tony Burke

Reverse approval for Hancock's coal export terminal at Abbot Point

    1. Ellie Smith
    2. Petition by

      Ellie Smith

      Alpha, Australia

Last Thursday Federal Environment minister Tony Burke quietly approved a huge new coal export terminal at Abbot Point in the Great Barrier Reef, but new findings show that the adjacent Caley Valley wetland is home to a federally threatened species.

Greenpeace revealed yesterday that this assessment didn't take into account biodiversity surveys, obtained from the Queensland Government under Right to information laws, that show that the Caley Valley wetlands are internationally significant habitat for shorebirds, and support a nationally significant population of a Federally threatened species the Australian Painted Snipe.

Both the Queensland Government and Hancock coal knew about the surveys and they should have been part of the federal government assessment.

Tony Burke must stop the Caley Valley Cover-up and reverse his approval of Hancock's coal export terminal at Abbot Point.

Once you've signed the petition make sure you get intouch with him personally too:

Phone: 02 6277 7640
Twitter: @Tony_Burke
Email: Tony.Burke.MP@aph.gov.au
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tony.burke.mp

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
    2. Burke will decide on dregding at Abbott Point in the next few weeks

      Ellie Smith
      Petition Organizer

      There's another opportunity to stop the terrible destructive port developments at Abbot Point by calling Tony Burke TODAY to tell him to take into account the newest research on impacts of dredging on the Great Barrier Reef when making his decision about the dredging of 3 million tonnes of sea floor at Abbot Point.

      tony.burke.mp@aph.gov.au
      (02) 6277 7640

      Reef research finds spoils spread further

      DUMPED dredge spoils from port developments near the Great Barrier Reef affected a much larger area than previously thought, new research has found In evidence to a Senate estimates committee hearing yesterday, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority director Adam Smith said results of independent research had included ocean currents as well as wind and waves.

    3. Reached 4,000 signatures
    4. Protest in Brisbane re: Approval

      Ellie Smith
      Petition Organizer

      The Australian Youth Climate Coalition have organised a protest outside of Hancock Coal's headquarters in Brisbane in response to the decision to approve their terminal at Abbot Point.

      http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=428760533853539&set=a.419943504735242.99746.378031105593149&type=1&theater

    5. Potential legal action

      Ellie Smith
      Petition Organizer

      Glad to see Greenpeace will try to fight this decision in the courts. Meanwhile we have to keep up the pressure on Burke. He can't get away with this!

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-16/greenpeace-threatens-wetlands-legal-stoush-against-coal-terminal/4315256?section=qld

    6. Another little problem with the T3 terminal

      Ellie Smith
      Petition Organizer

      One of the conditions on the Abbot Point T3 terminal is the company offset seagrass destroyed by dredging, but one of the world's leading seagrass experts has cast doubt on a mining company's ability to meet this condition this morning on ABC RN breakfast.

      Mining seagrass - Breakfast - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

      Environment Minister Tony Burke has approved the expansion of the Abbot Point terminal near Bowen, but has imposed 60 strict environmental conditions on the project.

    7. Reached 3,000 signatures
    8. ABC news last night

      Ellie Smith
      Petition Organizer

      See the coverage of the issue on the ABC news last night.

      Environmental concern over coal port project - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

      Greenpeace says a coal port and terminal proposal for Abbot Point in north Qld will threaten internationally significant wetlands and wildlife.

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    • Michael Miltiades MARIETTA, GA
      • 8 months ago

      Juggalos suck

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    • olivia rezutko ATLANTA, GA
      • 8 months ago

      I would very much like to visit the great barrier reef at some point in my life. You are DESTROYING our planet!!!

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    • Yvonne Sharkie AUSTRALIA
      • 8 months ago

      The Reef has deteriorated in my lifetime. We know how to stop this. I want my granddaughters to have the chance to dive the Reef too. Please - stop.

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    • rochelle vitulskis AUSTRALIA
      • 8 months ago

      Completely against this madness to dump.

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    • Heather Matthew AUSTRALIA
      • 8 months ago

      This is the most disgusting short sighted decision the government has made - of course there will be a flow on effect on the reef - your grandchildren will be disgusted!

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