However, back to the main story. I am on the fence on it, though leaning slightly toward the govt. Every green group in the world clambers for airtime- its good for business- umm I mean donations. They would complain about tree planting if they could find a hook. So they love to use the word "dump" ,in this case, as it has wonderful negative connotations.
What none of the media have truly explained is what type of soils will be dredged. Are they simply moving soils that are being washed out to the reef regardless. Is it a mixture of river silt and sand (the most likely of course)?
Or is it toxic and full of depleted uranium and other nasties ( the least likely)?
However, they all agree that it is being "relocated" to sandy areas not on top of coral
. One also has to remember that the GBR is the Twice the size of England
and approximately the same as Germany
. And for our American friends half the size of Texas
. So we have established "its big". The area they are dredging is the size of about 5 football stadiums. I wonder how many football stadiums there are in Germany
on how they pale to the overall size of the country itself.
The big one for me is that I doubt any Aussie govt, regardless of persuasion, would make an enviro decision these days without having spent millions on enviro studies.