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Aboriginal Kevin Buzzacott keeps up the good fight to stop huge Olympic Dam uranium mine

Geoffrey Kennett SC argued it was not sufficient for Mr Burke to have just considered the impact of taking water from the basin. He said the minister had to have proper regard to the conditions already imposed on water extraction by the state government.

Elder fights on to stop SA mine expansion  9 News, Jun 21 2012, Tim Dornin An Aboriginal elder, Kevin Buzzacott, has returned to the Federal Court to tell “a good story” in his bid to block the $30 billion expansion of the Olympic Dam copper, uranium and gold mine in South Australia’s north.

Kevin Buzzacott first took action earlier this year, claiming federal
Environment Minister Tony Burke had not given enough consideration to
a number of issues including the risks posed by the storage of
radioactive tailings.

His action was dismissed, but on Thursday he argued an appeal before
the full court.

“We put up a good argument, a good story, to the judges but we don’t
really know what’s going to happen until the judgment which will be in
a few weeks time,” he said.

“But I’ve got to do this for my land.” Before the court his counsel
Geoffrey Kennett SC argued it was not sufficient for Mr Burke to have just considered the impact of taking water from the basin. He said the minister had to have proper regard to the conditions already imposed on water extraction by the state government.

Mr Kennett also pointed to aspects of the expansion that were still to
be resolved, including plans and conditions related to the
construction of a desalination plant, ore shipments from the port of
Darwin and the construction of major pipelines.

He said the result was an approval that “wasn’t really an
approval”….. The appeal was continuing with the three judges
expected to reserve their decision to a date to be fixed….
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8487431/elder-fights-on-to-stop-sa-mine-expansion

June 22, 2012 - Posted by | General News

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