March 20, 2014 – reefs, repeals and dusty days.

On this day in 2014 the Queensland Resources Council did a good cop/bad cop routine. On the one hand, there was dust reduction

“In another show of industry determination to meet community expectations over the management of dust emissions from coal trains on the rail corridor serving the Port of Brisbane, all monitoring data collected as part of the South West Coal Dust Management Plan is being published on a Queensland Government website”
(QRC press release More transparency in coal dust reporting 20 March 2014)

on the other, they were trying to tear into WWF, accusing them of lying about the state of the Great Barrier Reef…

“The Queensland mining industry has launched a blistering attack on WWF, accusing it of running an untruthful Great Barrier Reef campaign that could jeopardise the reef’s world heritage status.
Michael Roche, the chief executive of the Queensland Resources Council, said he has noticed a “dramatic change in approach” from WWF since it joined the Australian Marine Conservation Society to launch the Fight for the Reef campaign.”
Milman, O. 2014. Mining industry accuses WWF of lying about threat to Great Barrier Reef. Guardian, 20 March.

Because as we know, everything is fine….

Meanwhile, in Canberra, Tony Abbott’s attempts to obliterate all of the Gillard ‘Clean Energy Future’ legislative package came up against Senate intransigence, with them voting against reading these bills a third time.

Also on this day- 

2015–  “The Climate Change Authority, established to provide arms-length, critical review of government progress on reducing emissions and recommend future emission targets, has lost its CEO Anthea Harris.”

Edis,T. 2015.  Business Spectator

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