Dolphins swimming near RG Tanna Coal Export Terminal. File photo.
Dolphins swimming near RG Tanna Coal Export Terminal. File photo. David Sparkes

GPC denies breaches dredged up by The Australian

A WAR of words appears to have commenced between Gladstone Ports Corporation and The Australian newspaper.

GPC came out firing on Monday in response to a Saturday report in The Australian, which accused the ports of breaching conditions of its dredging project.

"Claims of breaches by the Gladstone Ports Corporation of its dredging permit made by The Australian newspaper on 16 February and repeated on 18 February 2013 are false," a GPC spokesman said.

"The Gladstone Ports Corporation has complied with all of the 600-plus conditions of the Western Basin dredging approval that it has had to meet to date."

The story in The Australian referred to accusations by Australians for Animals that GPC had breached its environmental conditions.

The story also stated: "Sick fish, dead dolphins and dugongs and five-legged frogs are signs that something has gone wrong."

The GPC spokesman accused the journalist of seeking a sensational headline rather than truthful answers.

"The Gladstone Ports Corporation will issue a detailed rebuttal of all the wild, unsubstantiated allegations tomorrow," he said.



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