Media Release: Pro-mining judgement against the environment

The Federal Court has declined Bob Brown Foundation’s application for a stay of execution for the Pieman River rainforest in southern takayna, and the breeding Masked Owls that rely on this precious habitat for hollows and hunting grounds.

“This finding reminds us that the EPBC Act is a farce. If a Masked Owl is not safe from this proposal in takayna / Tarkine, and it is not, then it is not safe anywhere,” Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

“If these new roads and forest destruction go ahead in the coming months it is because Australia’s Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley has backed a mining company to dump their heavy metals tailings waste in Australia’s largest temperate rainforests, when the company has a viable alternative that doesn’t cost the rainforests or Masked Owl habitat,” Jenny Weber said.

“We are now left with the protest option to continue to hold MMG out of takayna’s forests and Tasmanian Masked Owl habitat at an inconvenience to hundreds of citizens who will take a stand for this ancient pocket of takayna.”

“With MMG’s ‘undertakings’ to the court, we cannot see how they can ever build the new heavy metals waste dump.”

While an appeal against the Commonwealth approvals will not be heard until 19 July, today’s judgement dealt with an application from Bob Brown Foundation for an injunction to prevent Chinese state-owned miner MMG from pushing ahead with roading, clearing and drilling for its proposed toxic, acid-producing heavy metals tailings dam.

“While we wait for the Federal court to hear our case in July, MMG continues to pursue access to the threatened forests which are habitat for the endangered Masked Owl, Wedge-tailed Eagle and Tasmanian Devil.”

“This company has an excellent alternative and the Tasmanian Masked Owl has none. Every day MMG are in takayna’s forests is one day closer to destruction of these forests.”

“If we fail to stop them, MMG will level 285 hectares of rainforest and melaleuca forest to flood it with 25 million cubic metres of toxic, acid-producing heavy metals tailings. We are all that stand in the way of this senseless destruction. We urgently need people on the ground to hold our blockade and critical habitat intact,” Jenny Weber said.


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  • Adam Burling
    published this page in Media Releases 2022-05-02 11:30:26 +1000