Draining the Lifeblood: Groundwater impacts of coal mining in the Galilee Basin

 

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Lock the Gate, 2013

The series of coal mines proposed for the Galilee Basin in Queensland Australia will have an enormous impact on the region’s groundwater resources.  This report analyses documents prepared by five coal mine proponents, projects additional impacts of a further four proposed mines and finds that, together, the coal mines proposed for the Galilee Basin have the potential to cause permanent and unacceptable impacts on regional groundwater and surface water resources. It is therefore argued that a regional, cumulative impact assessment of the full set of proposed mines be carried out prior to any further approvals being granted, to properly assess the risk of these potentially major impacts on the Basin’s water resources.

Read the full report here