Ahead of an expected decision on whether Chinese state owned miner MMG can recommence work on its proposed toxic tailings dam north of the Pieman, Bob Brown Foundation have re-established a blockade camp on the access road to the controversial rainforest site. MMG’s illegal and unapproved works were halted by a combination of BBF led protests and legal interventions in 2021.
“While we hope that Minister Ley will refuse the Chinese government owners their request to waive the drilling and roading for this project without EPBC assessment, this does look like a deal has been done to help MMG bypass the normal assessment system. Why else would they withdraw these elements from an existing assessment and resubmit them as a stand alone?" said Bob Brown Foundation takayna/Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.
“In expectation of the Minister capitulating to MMG, we have re-established our blockade in the Pieman overnight. We are standing in defence of these ancient rainforests and the species like the Masked Owl and Spotted Tailed Quoll that calls them home. Hundreds of Tasmanians stood with us in 2021, and many more will join us in 2022”.
“The ball is in the Minister’s court. She can prove us wrong by ending this toxic project and prosecute MMG for their illegal actions, or she can condemn ancient rainforest to an outdated mine tailings dump."
MMG has not been prosecuted for their illegal works over May-July 2021. Seventy one people were arrested halting these illegal works over this time.