05 Mar '12, 11pm

Great Barrier Reef Could See Tenfold Increase in Ship Traffic, Thanks to Booming Oil and Gas Exports

Great Barrier Reef Could See Tenfold Increase in Ship Traffic, Thanks to Booming Oil and Gas Exports

A UN team is in Australia this week investigating what damage the mining industry is causing to the Great Barrier Reef, which is located off the coast of Queensland, Australia's largest coal-producing state. Officials have been told the reef could face a tenfold increase in bulk ship traffic as coal and gas exports boom, the Sydney Morning Herald reports . The delegation from UNESCO's World Heritage Committee and the International Union for Conservation of Nature follows ''extreme concern'' from the heritage committee last year over a proposed liquid natural gas plant near Gladstone, a small town near the Queensland coast. Or, as Greenpeace put it, "Approvals for new gas processing plants on Curtis Island off Gladstone in 2011 prompted a stinging rebuke from United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)." Greenpeace and environmentalists are incr...

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