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‘Terrible concept’ diverting water from Queensland rivers to coal mines

Oliver Milman writes in The Guardian (13.1.15): ‘Australia’s largest proposed mine would be fed water that has been directly diverted from two north Queensland rivers, under a plan put forward by a company headed by a former state treasurer.

‘The company, Galilee Water, is planning to divert water from the Campaspe and Cape rivers via channels to huge water storage “cells” that would hold 600,000 to 700,000 megalitres in total. A 123km long pipeline would take 12,000 megalitres of water a year to the Galilee basin region of central Queensland, a coal-rich area where nine large mines are planned.’

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