Police have again arrived on the site of the protest blockade against Chinese state-owned miner MMG’s planned toxic heavy metals tailings dam in takayna / Tarkine.
“Despite evidence tendered in court by experts that MMG’s plans would harm the endangered Tasmanian Masked Owl, they continue to pursue their plan that will destroy 142 Melbourne Cricket Grounds of rainforest and melaleuca forest in an area of verified World Heritage significance,” said Bob Brown Foundation takayna / Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.
“Under MMG’s farcical undertakings accepted by the court, drilling rigs producing noise levels equivalent to an aircraft at take-off would be allowed to operate just fifteen metres from a Masked Owl nest. We will stand up for the owls.”
“As we have done for the last 15 months, we will stand with citizens to prevent MMG from entering this site.”
This morning, MMG has been met by retired veterinary surgeon Andrew Browne (69) blocking the road and tree sitter Kevin Vaughan (73) suspended by a line attached to the roadway.”
“I am here to stop MMG putting a toxic tailings dam in takayna / Tarkine”, said Mr Browne.
“I am protecting takayna for future generations to enjoy, by helping to prevent the construction of this toxic tailings dam,” said Mr Vaughan.