PORT BUNDABERG EXPORT COAL FACILITY

PORT BUNDABERG COAL EXPORT FACILITY

 

FACT, FICTION OR HEDGING BETS FOR HINKLER?

Rob messenger the former LNP member for Burnett was opposed to a coal export facility at port Bundaberg , the rest is history .

The Deputy Premier who holds the portfolio of planning and infrastructure, recently attended a meeting of the WBB RPAC , and was vociferous about his government locking in such a facility , http://www.news-mail.com.au/news/bundy-port-expansion-discussion/1647116/ .

This then begs the question of who is paying for this mammoth infrastructure. not the Newman government , I would venture , so is it to be the coal proponents ?, Clive Palmer from his Alpha mine , Gina Rhinehart from her joint ventures which includes the exploration unit called International Coal http://www.intercoal.com.au/bundaberg-project.htm ,  who have found the Burrum Coal measures coking coal slivers at the mouth of the Kolan River ?, or perhaps Fox Resources , who are banking on what Intercoal have found ?

Maybe NEWHOPE mining who are having  cold feet about the proposed Colton Coal mine www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/news/colton-mine-in-limbo-as-nec-awaits-news/1649454/#c455936 , which Mark Turner and co  sold to them ?, or indeed Tiaro Energy Corporation , which has none other than the illustrious former Hawke government treasurer John Dawkins http://www.tiarocoal.com.au/Board-of-Directors.html  , as a director no less !

BHP BILLITON are also getting cold feet , http://reneweconomy.com.au/2012/bhp-billiton-coal-is-going-to-decline-and-frankly-it-should-21872, and yet here we have the member for Callide clinging desperately to Jurassic/Cretaceous dinosaur political economics !

So lets discuss the constraints to this bold promise for the Federal Coalition seat of Hinkler.

A.

Who will pay for it ?

B.

Given that the Colton Mine proposal is having serious difficulties meeting the state government legislative requirements for water discharges and biodiversity offsets, to protect the Mary River , what are the chances of the Tiaro Energy Corporation  proposal at Tanyalba Creek , gaining Federal and State approvals ?

C.

With the predicted price of coking coal on the slippery dip of global markets , http://www.thenational.ae/business/markets/all-is-not-well-in-the-world-of-coking-coal , just what is the member for Callide spruiking about ?

D.

With an admission by the State Energy Minister Mark Mcardle , that the Maryborough Sedimentary basin and in particular the shale gas depositions of the Elliott system , http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-07-31/shale-gas-to-be-extracted-in-qld/4165244?section=qld, are being targeted , are we talking about a CSG facility at Bundaberg ?

E.

97%  FOX RESOURCES LAYOUT of the area which Intercoal and Fox resources are looking at , is covered with sugar cane, and is mapped as Strategic Cropping soils under the QLD Strategic Cropping Soils Act 2011 , which the Bligh government introduced in a feeble attempt to convince farmers who are 99.99% LNP voters , that they would protect from mining and CSG .

F.

This would require the deputy premier to rescind the SCL ACT  2011 , to allow the mining companies to dig up all the sugar cane in Bundaberg to get enough coal to load the ships at the proposed coal export facility!

G.

This could become a hot political potatoe , as the State NRM minister Andrew Cripps expressly promised the farmers of Kingaroy , that he would protect Strategic Cropping lands in the WBB  from the Mining Industry , so that the LNP could win the sacred seat of Nanango.

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