Abbot Point Coal Terminal.
Abbot Point Coal Terminal. Peter Holt

Bowen salt farm an option for Abbot Pt dredge spoil

THE company that operates Abbot Point coal terminal near Bowen confirmed it is investigating a 300 hectare salt farm near Bowen as a potential site to store dredge spoil.

The owner of the site believes it can store six million cubic metres of dredge spoil in its "now empty" 27 sealed salt ponds, twice what is needed.

And the company that is dredging sand from Moreton Bay to build up Brisbane Airport's second runway - Jan de Nul - has offered to help.

In January Environment Minister Greg Hunt approved an application by North Queensland Bulk Ports Authority to dump dredge spoil from the expanded Abbot Point harbour in the Great Barrier Reef waters, sparking widespread criticism.

Despite the government insisting the decision was scientifically sound, a legal challenge mounted by conservation groupsis likely to delay the expansion of the coal port.

Read more at Brisbane Times



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