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Approval of fourth LNG plant ‘insult to injury’: Greenpeace

UPDATE 11.15AM: GREENPEACE Queensland campaigner Louise Matthiesson has described the approval of the fourth LNG Arrow Plant as an 'insult to injury' considering the damage that has already been done by dredging in the Gladstone Harbour.

Ms Matthiesson spoke at a press conference in Gladstone on Wednesday morning, in response to the Environment Minister's decision to approve the fourth LNG terminal on Curtis Island as well as the expansion of the Abbott Point Coal Terminal.

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"The dredging that has been done in the harbor is closely tied to the fish kills and pollution problems in the harbor. There will be another million tones of dredging for this new LNG terminal, not to mention clearing hundreds of hectares of bush land on a World Heritage listed island," she said.

"The Arrow work in some ways is more concerning because it comes on top of the damage that has already been done by the three gas terminals on Curtis Island and the construction of the Wiggins island Coal Terminal."

Ms Matthiesson said the 'marathon' fight was not over yet and Greenpeace will now appeal to investment corporations to stay away from these projects because of the danger they pose to the Great Barrier Reef.

EARLIER: "NOTHING is inevitable" was the key message Greenpeace had for Gladstone residents on Tuesady as it visited the region surveying the developments on Curtis Island and Wiggins Coal Port Terminal.

The protest ship Esperanza was anchored 32km offshore, and activists used inflatable boats to visit harbour industries and talk to stakeholders.

While Gladstone Ports Corporation CEO Craig Doyle last month said the duplication of an existing shipping lane was inevitable, Greenpeace campaigner Louise Matthiesson refused to accept that.

"Nothing is inevitable. It is about the decisions, we, as a community make," she said.

"There are many long-term residents of Gladstone that are disconcerted by the scale of expansion at Gladstone harbour."

Local member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd was unable to comment on Tuesday, but in an earlier statement said using the Port of Gladstone to its fullest potential and protecting our valuable environmental assets should not be mutually exclusive goals.

GPC declined to comment on the activities of Greenpeace.

Gladstone Conservation Council treasurer Cheryl Watson said she was happy to see Greenpeace in Gladstone despite some saying that it was too little, too late.

"Dredging in the Great Barrier Reef definitely has consequences and we need as many influential people as possible," she said.

Topics:  curtis island, environment, gladstone, gladstone harbour, greenpeace, wicet




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