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FULL UP Flooded mines on high safety alert THE safety of miners across central Queensland is at risk if inundated Bowen Basin coal mines are unable to pump water out of flooded pits. At the time of print, ex-tropical cyclone Anthony was hovering off the central Queensland coast - a reminder to the industry that the wet season is far from over. Any further rain could force the closure of mines across the region. Twenty-three coal mines have been granted temporary permits known as TEPS from the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) which allows them to pump water back into river systems at monitored levels. DERM is currently considering another 16 applications. One of those is Xstrataâ€™s Newlands mine, where authorities are on the cusp of closing the mine down. In a situation that highlights the problem that many underground mines currently face, the amount of water sitting on the surface of the mine is close to forcing the underground pit to be closed to workers. The mine is still operating, but has not yet been granted permission to start pumping out water. Union and the Mines Inspectorate are
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THE floods have swept a layer of filth across most of Queensland. The stinking water has swamped people’s homes for days before receding with its telltale brown stain. It has ruined vital infrastructure like roads and rail that will take months and cost billions to repair. It has devastated businesses from Emerald to Brisbane to Condamine to Dalby. It has turned mine pits into reservoirs, and sent every dam in Queensland into overflow. Worst of all, it has claimed the lives of 35 people. You cannot start a conversation in Queensland at the moment before checking the person you are talking to has not been affected. Most often they have been - either directly or indirectly - and if not, they know someone who has. All are quick to reference someone else they know who is worse off than them. It has been a time of great sadness, but
also one where communities turn to each other for help. If you want an inspirational read, turn to page nine and find out how Dawson miners and the Moura community helped Theodore in its hour of need. Mining companies have donated $25 million so far to the flood appeal, not to mention in-kind help with machinery and the like. And the sector quite frankly has its own problems - with 85 per cent of Queensland’s coal mines affected. Pits are inundated, haul roads wiped out, rail tracks mangled, and the industry is bleeding $100 million a day. What the industry needs more than anything right now is for the state government to urgently address how it deals with requests to pump out water in flooded pits. The current system was not designed for a disaster of this magnitude, and mines could be in a very sticky situation if the sky re-opens. We’re only in January after all - the wet season is far from over.
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Blackwater back on track - for now CENTRAL Queenslandâ€™s coal supply chain is coming back online, but mining companies arenâ€™t getting too comfortable just yet. One ports chief has warned it would only take another bout of bad weather to bring the system to a halt once again.
By the end of this week, the Gladstone port expects its stockpile will be over the million tonne mark, compared to the record low of below 400,000 tonnes earlier in the month. The Blackwater rail line was out of action for almost a month, but last week 140
trains arrived at port and 500,000 tonnes of coal was loaded. â€œThat averages out to 18 trains a day, and our normal daily average is 25 trains per day we hope to be fully operational sooner than expected.â€?
â€œWith the increase in coal trains arriving at the port we are confident of rebuilding our stockpiles quickly,â€? said Gladstone Ports Corporation chief executive Leo Zussino. Last week, 11 vessels were anchored off Gladstone and another seven were scheduled to arrive this week. Meanwhile the Bundaberg port remains closed to commercial shipping due to the flooded Burnett River. â€œThe port remains closed due to flood material in the berth pocket, channel and swing basin,â€? said Mr Zussino. Port Alma will also remain closed to commercial shipping until flood damage can be assessed. Mr Zussino has warned that while things have improved dramatically, it would only take a little wet weather to break the chain. â€œIf we get rain over that period we will have to re-assess the situation.â€? â€œIt would be surprising if it [the wet season] just decided to stop in the middle of January and thatâ€™s the issue we are all really concerned about because you would anticipate there will be further rain.â€? Mines that will are now able to access the Blackwater line are Curragh, Yarribee, Jellinbah, Lake Vermont and Blackwater. Itâ€™s still not known when Rolleston and Minerva mines will be re-connected.
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