The Queensland Resources Council has accused Greenpeace of using ‘exaggeration’ in a bid to shut down Queensland’s export coal industry.
Delivering the keynote address to the Galilee Basin Coal and Energy Conference, QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche said hysterical claims by environmental activist groups were attempting to halt progress in regional Queensland.
"Regional communities understand their long-term prosperity relies on the economic diversity that the minerals and energy sector is delivering," Roche told the conference.
"However, it is clear that environment activists led by Greenpeace have no interest in the future of these communities, particularly when you learn that seed funding for their latest anti-coal campaign came from the United States."
Roche described predictions by Greenpeace of more than 11,000 coal ships moving through the Great Barrier Reef by 2020 as ‘alarmist’ and ‘fanciful’, pointing to recent independent studies which showed otherwise.
"These show that under the most optimistic forecasts from all coal port operations in Queensland, coal shipping volumes by 2020 are more like 4,200 – or 37 percent of the Greenpeace claim,'"Roche said.
“Yet, Greenpeace is continuing to prosecute a ludicrous estimate that the state’s coal exports would go from 165 million tonnes last year to over 1,000 million tonnes in less than 10 years.
"That’s a six-fold increase in around half the time it has taken Queensland’s coal exports to move from 71 to 165 million tonnes.
"Greenpeace’s continuing comic book antics in Queensland confirm that they are not interested in being part of any solution but entirely focused on tearing down what they refuse to understand, regardless of the consequences,"Roche said.
As Australian Mining reported, in October Greenpeace warned it would undertake ‘peaceful civil disobedience’ to stop the expansion of Abbot Point Coal Terminal after the project was approved by the Federal Government.
At the time, Greenpeace’s Queensland campaigner Louise Mattiesson said with thousands of people opposed to the development, the government and companies should ‘come to their senses’ and stop the project,
Greenpeace was unavailable for comment today.