McArthur River

This blog is dedicated to the protection of the McArthur River, Northern Territory, Australia.

Independent Monitor for McArthur River Mine

Posted by mcarthurriver on October 26, 2007

NT Govt media release

Victorian company Environmental Earth Sciences (EES) has been appointed the Independent Monitor for the McArthur River Mine (MRM) project.

Minister for Mines and Energy Chris Natt said the appointment of an independent monitor was a condition of the project being approved last year.

“Xstrata agreed to fund the appointment of the monitor and the payment of a $55.5 million security bond to be reassessed annually.

“EES will begin monitoring the environmental performance of McArthur River Mine in November for five years.

“The company will also review environmental assessments and audits undertaken by the Department of Primary Industry, Fisheries and Mines.

“Specific clauses have been put in place to ensure EES is completely independent from both the mine operator and the Territory Government.

“EES will not be responsible for reviewing either mine safety or social issues arising from the mine’s operation.

“Reports from the Independent Monitor will be posted on its website so that everyone can access the information.

“The tender specifications for the monitor were developed with input from community groups and stakeholders.

“The Territory Government remains committed to delivering a strong and growing economy and to promoting environmentally sustainable development,” said Mr Natt.

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Federal Court

Posted by mcarthurriver on October 8, 2007

mcarthuriver has been a bit quiet lately as we wait for the Federal Court decsion – no word yet on the date, but I will let you know as soon as it happens. I favourable decsion will see the mine stopped, I wonder what Howard and Rudd would say to that.

 Here is something to remind you of what we are fighting for (thanks to anon for the photos)

the mine

tailings dam

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Govt seeks environmental monitor for McArthur River Mine

Posted by mcarthurriver on September 6, 2007

The Northern Territory Mines Minister has announced the Government will soon ask for tenders for an independent environmental monitor for the McArthur River Mine.

Mines Minister Chris Natt made the monitor a condition for approving the diversion of the McArthur River for five kilometres, to allow for an expanded open-cut lead and zine mine.

Environment Centre Northern Territory spokesman Charles Roche says his group was consulted about the role of the monitor early this year.

But he says there has been no follow-up since then.

“As far as I know, MRM [McArthur River Mine] will still be making most of the decisions about what is monitored,” he said.

“So at that stage, we saw there was still a real lack of independence for the monitoring program, and hopefully that’s been rectified.”

Mr Roche says when he last saw the project two months ago, most of the land clearing had already been done.

“I am concerned that by only starting in November 2007, that whoever the successful tenderer will be won’t have the baseline information that’s required to monitor this mine and river diversion effectively,” he said.

He says Justice John Mansfield has adjourned a decision on whether the Environment Protection and Conservation Act was followed properly.

“If a decision is made in favour of the plaintiffs, then we would expect that the approval for the mine would once again be declared invalid as it was earlier this year, and all work at the mine and the river diversion would have to cease,” he said.

from the abc…

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Public Forum – Lessons from the McArthur River

Posted by mcarthurriver on July 30, 2007

Come along and see new film footage of the mine and hear some great speakers.

 Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
6.30 – 8.30pm Tuesday 31st July 2007

The McArthur River region has had a long and troubled history since European settlement. In recent times, a plan to mine and divert the McArthur River has caused strong concern and controversy. The forum will examine the mine’s approval, the Supreme Court decision, and the NT Government’s response, reflecting on their significance for the Northern Territory.

The forum is in support of the Traditional Owners from McArthur River who will be in Darwin for the Federal Court Challenge, 30-31 July.

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Elders challenging mine in Fed Court

Posted by mcarthurriver on July 30, 2007

 Yanyuwa elders from Borroloola in the Northern Territory have arrived in Darwin to attend this week’s Federal Court case against the Commonwealth.

The case follows the approval of expansions at the McArthur River Mine, allowing the company to convert from an underground to an open-cut mine and divert five kilometres of the McArthur River.

Traditional owners from Borroloola are challenging whether the Commonwealth followed due process in approving the changes.

The case will continue for the next three days.

Posted in Indigenous Culture, McArthur River, Northern Territory, Traditional Owners, Xstrata | 2 Comments »


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