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South Australian govt under pressure over Arkaroola’s environment

Some of the worst effects would be on the region’s scant groundwater resources….five million litres of water a day for mining and processing. “That’s a heck of a lot of water in a very dry environment,”

SA Labor buckling on Arkaroola uranium?,  Green Left Weekly, February 27, 2011, By Renfrey Clarke, Adelaide Under heavy public pressure, the South Australian government of Labor Premier Mike Rann appears to be wavering in its support for mining uranium in the Arkaroola wilderness in the state’s north.
On February 18, the Adelaide Advertiser gave front-page headlines to reports that Arkaroola, a privately-held nature sanctuary and ecotourism site in the Flinders Ranges some 600 kilometres north of the state capital, would be declared a national park.

On February 22, Rann told parliament that no decision had been made. Nevertheless, he admitted, the Arkaroola region was “iconic”. All options, he said, “including a definitive ban on mining”, were on the table.

Before a decision was taken, consultations would be held with key stakeholders. These are understood to include the sanctuary’s pastoral leaseholders, the Sprigg family; the mining company Marathon Resources; and the traditional owners, the Adnyamathanha people.

The 610-square-kilometre Arkaroola Winderness Sanctuary takes in some of the most spectacular scenery in the arid North Flinders region. Home to numerous rare and threatened species, including the yellow-footed rock wallaby, the region is also noted for its fascinating geology…….

Some of the worst effects would be on the region’s scant groundwater resources.

One of the sanctuary’s operators, Marg Sprigg, told ABC News on February 23 that Marathon anticipated using five million litres of water a day for mining and processing. “That’s a heck of a lot of water in a very dry environment,” she said.

Large-scale groundwater extraction could place at risk the region’s hot springs, with their unique biota.

Until recent weeks, none of these objections had made much impact on the Rann government…………..
SA Labor buckling on Arkaroola uranium? | Green Left Weekly

February 28, 2011 - Posted by | South Australia, uranium, water | ,

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