Rainforests in Tasmania’s Tarkine has a new threat with Chinese state-owned miner pushing to clear 140 hectares for a new tailings dam.
“MMG's plan to dump twenty five million cubic metres of toxic, acid producing mine tailings into World Heritage value rainforests within takayna/Tarkine is an assault on wilderness and the creatures that rely on it for habitat,” said Scott Jordan, Bob Brown Foundation takayna/Tarkine campaigner.
The project has very recently been referred to Federal Environment Minister Ley for assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
“This mining company is controversially proposing to pump 25 million cubic metres of tailing waste product across the Pieman River to this new tailings dam after flattening rainforest in the takayna/Tarkine wilderness,” Scott Jordan said.
“MMG’s existing tailings facilities at their Rosebery mine are south of the mine and outside takayna/Tarkine,” Scott Jordan said.
"The verified World Heritage value forests of takayna/Tarkine are not a dumping ground for the toxic acid producing waste from the Chinese state-owned MMG", Scott Jordan said.
"MMG's own reports show this proposal will destroy 285 hectares of rainforest and melaleuca forest, to accommodate their 140 hectares of tailings dams and pits. That is dams and pits 70 times larger than the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and a total disturbance twice that amount.".
"Despite the company's dismissals, this area is home and feeding ranges for Tasmanian devil, Spotted tailed Quoll, and Marked owl. Our Foundation has operated a blockade against logging and mining in this area since December and have regularly sighted Devils, Quolls and Wedge tailed eagles, and have heard calls from Masked owl hunting in the area".
"MMG should abandon this insane plan, and Minister Ley should use her powers under the act to declare this proposal clearly unacceptable and end this folly. Until they do we are blockading the access road to these rainforests to defend and protect them,” Scott Jordan said.