OCEAN LAB: ACID IN THE OCEAN/ COAL AND THE REEF

The Wandoan Coal Mine is an open-cut coal mine proposed to operate for 35 years west of the township of Wandoan, approximately 350 km northwest of Brisbane and 60 km south of Taroom in the Surat Basin, Queensland.

The mine is part of the Wandoan Coal Project proposed by Xstrata Coal Queensland Pty Ltd and its joint venturers.

The thermal coal deposits for the mine are estimated to be in excess of 1.2 billion tonnes and are located within three mining lease applications covering approximately 32,000 hectares.

Consultants for the applicants prepared an environmental impact statement that calculated that the mining and use of the coal would produce 1.3 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases. Multiple groups are objecting to the mine.

Read the report, “The current and future impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on the Great Barrier Reef”  prepared by Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (Director, Global Change Institute)  HERE.

 

 

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