Greenpeace slams expansion plans for Abbot Point terminal

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

GREENPEACE has likened plans to grow Abbot Point Coal Terminal in North Queensland to slicing up a piece of art and smearing it with tomato sauce.

The environmental activists are fuming following the release of a cumulative impact report from three mining giants and the ports company, about how best to manage the multi-billion-dollar expansion project.

BHP Billiton, GVK Hancock and Adani with North Queensland Bulk Ports volunteered information to help build the report.

NQBP chief executive Brad Fish said the Great Barrier Reef would be protected, even as the port created financial benefits and jobs for the state.

"It is important that future development provides confidence to the community that world class environmental planning and management will be applied in an area adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef," Mr Fish said.

Greenpeace has questioned how the companies plan to deal with its impacts on marine turtles, humpback whales, threatened species and an internationally significant wetland.

"This assessment makes it clear the coal industry seriously considers the Great Barrier Reef as the next sacrifice zone in their business agenda and Queenslanders will never accept that."

Comment can be made on the report until December 4.

It is available from

A stacker/reclaimer at Abbot Point Coal Terminal.
A stacker/reclaimer at Abbot Point Coal Terminal. Lee Constable

Topics:  abbot point coal terminal environment great barrier reef greenpeace north queensland

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Tour gives a valuable ag insight

FIRST-HAND: Withcott Seedlings compliance manager Joe Shiels talks to participants of the the pilot AgWork tour.

The pilot AgWork tour was held last week.

Lake Clarendon says no way to bullying

STAND TOGETHER: Principal Susan Wright and school captains Xanthea Kugel and Felicity Boon with the anti-bullying pledge.

Take a stand and say 'No way!' to bullying

Jackson finds his family at Lowood High

STUDENTS' BESTFRIEND: Lowood State High School student Sophie, with the school's beloved assistance dog, Jackson.

Lowood High's fifth school captain is a little different.

Local Partners