Mining dwarfs farming as threat to health of Great Barrier Reef, marine scientist warns

Daily Life

12 December 2013

Mining poses a greater threat to the health of the Great Barrier Reef than agriculture, according to one marine scientist who has cast doubt on the federal government's prediction that water quality will improve along the reef coast.

On Tuesday federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt gave the green light to dredging and dumping associated with four coal terminals, and the building of a liquid natural gas refinery and pipeline on the Great Barrier Reef coast. Read more