The federal government is inviting public comment on BHP's proposed expansion of the Olympic Dam copper-uranium mine (ODM) until Tues. 10 Dec 2019.
BHP plans to increase extraction of precious Great Artesian Basin water to an average 50 million litres per day for the next 25 years, with likely serious adverse impacts on the unique and fragile Mound Springs ‒ which are listed as an Endangered Ecological Community and are of significant cultural importance to Aboriginal people.
Please make a brief submission to the Federal Minister for Environment. You can use our pro-forma submission and just add your name (and you can add any additional comments you like).
- Short briefing papers on the proposed Olympic Dam expansion are posted at https://nuclear.foe.org.au/olympic-dam/.
- See esp. the "Preconditions to Protect Mound Springs in Olympic Dam Expansion EIS Guidelines".
- Detailed BHP information: See the BHP Referral at http://epbcnotices.environment.gov.au/publicnoticesreferrals/ and scroll down to Referral Number 2019/8570, dated 27 Nov. in chronological listing, or Search (use the tab "Filter by Referral Number') for 2019/8570.
(Image: Kevin Buzzacott, Arabunna elder - photo by Jesse Boylan)