BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) will today resume operations at its Hay Point coal export terminal in Mackay after exports were shut down for two days by Greenpeace protesters.
Protesters chained themselves to the top of the coal terminal 50 metres above the ground for 36 hours from Wednesday in order to disrupt coal exports.
They returned to the ground yesterday evening and were arrested by police.
The 72 metre Greenpeace vessel The Esperanza has also exited the port’s licensed area, after it obstructed loading operations yesterday.
The organisation timed the stunt to coincide with the Pacific Islands Forum in Cairns, which concluded yesterday.
According to an entry on the Greenpeace website, “Australia’s growing coal exports coupled with low emissions targets and the relentless push for loopholes and exemptions in the international climate negotiations put the Rudd Government’s climate position on a collision course with the Pacific.”
“While our neighbours are fighting for their survival, Australia is rapidly doubling our coal export capacity and entrenching our position as the world’s biggest carbon pusher.”
The organisation staged a similar protest at Xstrata Coal’s Abbot Point terminal in North Queensland on Tuesday.