Arkaroola Too Precious to Risk Mining
Posted on Friday, 18 February, 2011
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey has spoken out in support of South Australian Senator Nick Minchin in his condemnation of the State Government’s decision to allow Marathon Resources drilling rights in Arkaroola.
Senator Minchin has widely criticised the State Government’s “reckless decision” in reinstating the company’s drilling rights in the fragile environment at Arkaroola after the company had been suspended for three years for illegally dumping waste.
“I am disappointed in the State Government’s decision to renew Marathon’s exploration license in Arkaroola. This is not just one of the State’s most beautiful sanctuaries, it is the home of a number National Geological Monuments and numerous rare and endangered species of flora and fauna,” Mr Ramsey said.
“I have been to Arkaroola on a number of occasions over the years, most recently with Shadow Infrastructure and Water Minister Ian Macfarlane and last week with Shadow Environment Minister Greg Hunt and am strongly committed to doing whatever I can to help preserve the wilderness sanctuary which is too precious to risk by mining.
“I will closely work with the Spriggs’ who own the sanctuary to continue to bring this issue to the Federal Parliament.
“I spoke in Parliament in November last year about the uniqueness and beauty of this area and how vital it is to protect it at all costs.
“I intend to have more to say on the subject in the near future”.
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February 8, 2011