'$20b to rehabilitate abandoned mines'
IT COULD cost more than $20billion to rehabilitate Australia's 50,000 abandoned mines, the Lock The Gate Alliance says.
In a submission to the Senate Inquiry into Rehabilitation of Mining and Resource Projects, Lock The Gate called on the Federal Government to make miners pay upfront for the damage they caused, "instead of dumping their waste on farmers and leaving taxpayers to foot the bill for their dirty legacy when they go bust”.
"Our presentation to the senate inquiry exposes the failures of mining rehabilitation in Queensland, with particular reference to the Blair Athol coal mine and its recent sale for $1, and the weaknesses of the proposed Carmichael coal mine in central Queensland,” said Lock the Gate campaigner Rick Humphries.
"We are drawing attention to the toxic legacy of abandoned mines in Queensland, with graziers like the Spreadborough family near Mt Isa being left to deal with severe water contamination and other hazards.”