Many environmentalists in Australia angrily reacted to the decision of the dredged sediments dumped near the Great Barrier Reef.
Conservationists stressed on the fact that the dumping activities could damage the overall site’s fragile ecosystem, risking and poisoning all the marine and coral life in danger.
This project is world’s most controversial project. It is the biggest coal port across the globe expanding the existing facility at Abbot Point near south of Townsville in Queensland.
However, this decision to approve the dumping and dredging operation is argued judiciously.
The Abbot Point is recorded to have 30 percent fine silts and clays, and about 70 percent sand of dredged material in the vicinity, said Russell Reichelt of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
This project will pave several ways for lucrative coal reserves to be exported out of the country, in turn boosting the nation’s economy, but the locals are not sure yet.
Terry Must – a fisherman said that if they had dumped the soil on the land it would have caused better economic benefits to the whole town, but the approval has been given to dump it in the sea.
Dozens of conditions have been put down by the environmental watchdogs including no new ports to be built along the Great Barrier Reef’s coastline. Nevertheless, the critics of this project accuse it of ignoring the caving in under pressure offered by the government, Marine Park’s charter, and the multinational developers and the mining industry.
In addition, UNESCO has also brought to light the water quality concerns in the area and commented that the Barrier Reef problems would be placed on the list of world heritage sites in the utmost danger.