Environment Minister Sussan Ley met Dr Bob Brown this morning and took a short stroll in rainforest similar to that threatened by MMG’s toxic tailings dam proposal in northwest Tasmania.
“It was an informative meeting,” Brown said.
“I told the minister that I believe MMG’s current works towards installing the dam in the rainforest are illegal. This project is subject to her decision and should not proceed until an environmental impact statement and a study of the alternatives are completed. MMG is pre-empting the decision and pulling the rug from under proper process,” he said.
Together with Bob Brown Foundation experts Jenny Weber and Scott Jordan, Brown explained that a win-win outcome will be saving the rainforest and its wildlife while MMG takes up one of the four or more options for disposing of its future toxic wastes on the Rosebery mine’s side of the Pieman River.
Minister Ley’s meeting and walk were hosted by the Tarkine Wilderness Lodge south of Burnie.
Meanwhile, the foundation is being inundated with people joining the peaceful campaign to halt MMG’s destructive works proceeding without a proper environmental study. This morning Hobartian Billie Raffety was arrested after attaching herself to and halting, an MMG mining machine.
“This magnificent forest should be National and World Heritage, not a dump site for a multinational mining company,” Brown said