I admit to being conflicted. On the one hand, I agree …

Comment on Salt mine: Alice needs to grasp a major opportunity by Hal Duell.

I admit to being conflicted.
On the one hand, I agree with Cr. Brown that we in Alice would be fools to let this opportunity slip through our hands.
On the other, what about the back-fill?
Salt out, toxic waste in? Is that the equation? And if so, can it be done safely?
And here we come to another conundrum. We need the salt, but we have created the toxic waste. Can we possibly kill two birds with one stone (mine) here?
By “we” I am referring to humanity. And to anticipate, that is, before anyone brings it up, in this global village we now live in, I have absolutely no time for the chicken-shit mantra of “not in my back yard”.
We live in one world, and have to start recognising that fact.
I also like the comments from Tallus about a circular economy as opposed to a linear economy. “We believe waste is a valuable resource and we should treat it as that.”
Ambitious, but it’s high time this approach was used in the corporate world as well as locally as in the recycle centre at the local tip.

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Salt mine: Alice needs to grasp a major opportunity
@ Alex Read, posted March 17, 2017 at 10:23 am:
You state that “Tellus intends to transport, process and store vast quantities of hazardous waste into the mine voids as the salt is removed.
These include thousands of litres of CSG waste material and heavy metals including cadmium and lead. This will be done through pumping a noxious slurry underground as well as solid forms of storage.”
I’m not arguing with you here, but I’m curious.
Can you document your allegations? If you can, your argument would go a long way to swaying some opinions (including mine) away from support for this project.


Salt mine: Alice needs to grasp a major opportunity
I agree with Cr Brown that a sealed road of some 120 kms is a small price to pay to secure this project for Alice’s future.
Consider that the Federal and Queensland governments are willing to build a reportedly 1 billion dollar rail link to get coal from the Carmichael and Adani coal mine to a sea terminal at Abbot Point, and this infrastructure pales in comparison.
And the product being mined here is salt, not coal. So let’s get on board!


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