Jun 15, 2010

Iron ore’s raging thirst could consume an entire industry

Mining's thirst for water in the Pilbara is starting to scar one of Western Australia's most pristine national parks. It's a warning sign for a region that relies heavily on groundwater to survive.

Bernard Keane ā€” Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

This article has been updated – see below

One of Australia’s most pristine national parks could be under serious threat from Rio Tinto’s Pilbara mining operations.

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31 thoughts on “Iron ore’s raging thirst could consume an entire industry

  1. nicolino

    The mining industry as such is vandalism personified. Very rarely do they restore land and once they’re milked the ground for all they can get out of it they’re off. Governments trip over themselves to co-operate with these environmental brigands at our cost. What hurts even more is the majority of them are foreign owned and couldn’t give a toss about Australia or Australians. So much for our government looking after our interests. Hurry on the RSPT.

  2. dragonista

    This article would have more credibility if Bernard Keane wasn’t coincidentally running a campaign against the mining companies to help the Government’s ailing RSPT “information” campaign. Mr Keane should be ashamed to call himself a journalist when he shows such little objectivity. His title should be demoted to “columnist”.

    In response to @Nicolino, in most countries (including Australia) it is illegal for mining companies to leave a former mine site without rehabilitating that site first. It is usual practice for mine projects to have the cost of rehabilitation included in their costings from the outset. Some governments require the cost of rehabilitation to be held in bond until the project is complete. If you are going to be blatantly anti-mining @Nicolino, at least do your homework like Mr Keane does.

  3. stephen

    Dragonista, thank you for setting us all straight. People need to understand the mining industry is constantly on the verge of bankruptcy and can be relied upon to always do the right thing enviromentally. I think it’s also fantastic that you have pointed out the fact that to say anything critical of mining in any way, is actually anti-mining. That is a very true and helpful insight .
    Without you wisdom people might try to improve on current not completely satisfactory arrangements instead of shutting up and being grateful . Thank you again.

  4. stephen

    Oh and the mining industry is always interested in improving societies too ,and never ever undertake anything harmful or inequitable. There primary responsibility is to a fair and just world, and definitely not to their insatiable shareholders. To suggest otherwise is and anti-mining.

  5. Lorraine

    Dragonista, how can you talk about credibility, when we have mining companies talking about changing the government just to get their own way, I think it’s disgusting the way they are going on especially the way water is being used and that’s not being paid for.

  6. Mark Duffett

    Rack off with your overwrought sarcasm and straw men, Stephen. What part of Nicolino’s ‘contribution’ was not blatantly anti-mining? As such, Dragonista’s response was completely justified.

  7. David S of P

    No doubt Dragonista and Mark Duffett are not connected in any way with the mining industry and are completed unbiased in their views and opinions. you might not like or appreciate Stephen’s humour but it obviously touched a raw nerve! I’m with @Nicolina, roll on the RSPT

  8. dragonista

    Stephen, while I enjoy your sarcasm, it really has to be based on fact to have any impact. I said nothing about mining companies being on the verge of bankruptcy. And yes, you can rely on them to do the right thing environmentally and socially, because they have learned from their mistakes in the past. Perhaps it would help you and Lorraine to get some first-hand information about modern mining companies rather than depend on Mr Keane’s coloured view.

    As for David S of P – I am not connected in any way with the mining industry. However, I do try to be informed about things before I air my views.

  9. [email protected]

    If Gov’t and mining companies can be trusted to clean up a mining site, then why Wittenoom been erased from the map?

    I’m the Greens Candidate for the Seat of Durack and I would like to have my Pilbara in the best possible condition for future generations to benefit from, not just one or two recent generations.

  10. bakerboy

    Has The Australian reported this matter? I bet not.

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