Non-compliant mine water releases in Banana sparks outrage

MEMBER for Rockhampton Bill Byrne is fuming two mining companies in the Banana Shire have conducted non-compliant mine water releases in the past week.

So much is his outrage, Mr Byrne is calling on mine sites to address and treat mine water releases on site sooner rather than later.

His calls of concern yesterday came after Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell announced Callide and Dawson Central began releasing water into the Fitzroy Basin respectively on Sunday and Monday.

Mr Powell said Dawson Central mine stopped releasing on Sunday.

"Of the two releases from Dawson Central, one (from the 35ML dam) was not compliant because it is not an authorised release point," Mr Powell said.

"The release from Callide mine was not compliant because there was inadequate flow in the receiving waters."

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection is investigating the non-compliant releases which will be dealt with in accordance with EHP's enforcement guidelines.

Mr Byrne said mine water releases, and other measures involving the release of pollutants into the Fitzroy River catchment including herbicides and sediment loading from farming properties, went beyond harming the local environment.

"How are these mining companies allowed to pollute the water my family drinks?" Mr Byrne said.

"I want the Fitzroy River as mother nature intended it."

The amount of water that was released wasn't known.

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