A Queensland nickel refinery owned by Clive Palmer has been dumping toxic wastewater into the Great Barrier Reef -- even though the refinery was forbidden from doing so. As if breaking the law weren’t enough, Palmer is refusing to remove the pipe that spews toxic water into the reef.
Now, he is telling the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority that he will sue them for $6.4 billion if it continues what he perceives as “obstructionist” behavior. Despite all of this, no civil or criminal proceedings have been taken against Clive Palmer or his company.
Tell Clive Palmer and his nickel refinery to stop polluting the reef and pay to clean up the damage.
The threat of another major discharge from the ponds to the local ecosystem has been described in internal documents as “similar to the daily discharge of treated sewage from a city of seven million people.”
We can’t afford more damage to the Great Barrier Reef. It’s a World Heritage-listed, Australian icon already at risk from warming sea temperatures. It also supports a $5 billion dollar tourism industry and employs over 63,000 Australians.
Demand that Clive Palmer stops dumping toxic wastewater into the Great Barrier Reef, and pay for its cleanup instead.
Clive Palmer's nickel refinery pumped toxic waste into Great Barrier Reef Park, Guardian, February 12
Clive Palmer's Yabulu refinery a 'reef risk', says report, Australian, February 12