The Bob Brown Foundation wants Premier Peter Gutwein to call a halt to mining company MMG’s clearing for a toxic waste dam in the Tarkine rainforest until 8 June. By then the federal minister for the environment, Sussan Ley, has to decide whether to stop it for environmental reasons.
“MMG is irresponsibly flattening rainforest which is the habitat for federally-listed endangered wildlife before the national minister for the environment has done the legally-required assessment. Premier Gutwein understands that there are environmental considerations and should stop the company taking the law into its own hands like this. No wonder there is such public outrage,” Bob Brown said today.
“There is no need for this high-handed action by MMG. The company’s current tailings dam was built as recently as 2016 and can accommodate years more of its output of heavy metals contaminated wastes. It also has future options on its own side of the Pieman River and south of the mine which do not involve invading the recommended national heritage area of the Tarkine.”
“The foundation’s stand against MMG, a China state-owned company, is to protect magnificent rainforests which will be part of the Tarkine’s huge potential job-creation future long after this company packs up and leaves,” Brown said.