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Whitehaven Coal spews pollution into river system

Fossil Fool Bulletin • 18 February 2020

PICTURE: Thousands of small white styrofoam balls, used in explosive blasts during mining, were found in the overflow of Back Creek following recent rain. Photo: contributed

Landholders living near Whitehaven’s Maules Creek coal mine have been alarmed to find what they say is evidence the company has contaminated the local river system.

Thousands of small white styrofoam balls, used in explosive blasts during mining, were found in the overflow of Back Creek following recent rain.

Flows into Murray Darling system

Back Creek is part of the Namoi River system, which itself eventually flows into the Murray Darling System.

Local landholder Ros Druce notified NSW’s Environmental Protection Agency following her discovery.

She said authorities must respond quickly, and penalise Whitehaven to the full extent of the law if it was found to be responsible.

“This styrofoam could have long lasting negative impacts on the local aquatic ecosystem,” she said.

What else went down the drain?

“We also don’t know what else has been released into the river system.

“That’s why we’re urging an urgent investigation into whether Whitehaven has once again failed in its responsibilities to protect the community and environment that it operates in.

“This company is a repeat offender, and has no social licence left in
this community.”

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2 Comments

  1. The greenmachine

    The beads would be off all of Whitehavens sites as the company that is doing the blasting has not been able to control the beads since day one. There tech services have attempted to cover over the issue with full support of there management and still the beads are every were.

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      Webmaster

      Hi, where were the balls being stored that they escaped so freely? Do you know many balls escaped and when did Whitehaven report the escape of the polystyrene balls? Seen that they were found covering a considerable area over 8 km from the estimated point of escape, how many there were is a valid question… please get in touch with us, thanks, FFB email is: fossil.fool.bulletin@gmail.com

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