Greenpeace stirs up mining anger
AS IF development of the Galilee Basin coal mines wasn't facing enough problems with infrastructure and fundraising, this week environmentalist group Greenpeace tried to burst the bubble once and for all with a damning report claiming that if the nine mines go ahead, they will double the greenhouse gas emissions that the entire Australian economy produces in a year.
It was quickly written off as fanciful fear-mongering by industry experts, thrown aside by the State Government and pounced on by environmentalists.
The Queensland Resources Council described it as a "comic book" with zero credibility.
"Greenpeace has the Queensland coal industry growing more than sixfold … it is simply not going to happen," QRC chief executive Michael Roche said.
Mr Roche said the public would not swallow the pill from the "scary monsters unit" at Greenpeace.
That didn't stop the Queensland Greens from pouncing.
In a statement, the party said the report was impeccably referenced, and the Deputy Premier's "cavalier rejection" of it proved the LNP could not plan for the future.
"Apparently pumping staggering quantities of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere is 'vital to Queensland's economic future', despite repeated expert warnings of the damage unchecked climate change will inflict on our economy," Greens senate candidate Adam Stone said.
A much bigger problem for many of the Galilee Basin proponents is actually raising the funds for the development of the projects.
The GVK/Hancock project is the most advanced. It is the only project with government approval and its railway proposal won the blessing of the government's one-corridor idea.
But speculation is mounting about GVK's ability to raise the $10 billion it needs by the end of the year.