Australia’s federal environment minister “has already approved a plan to dredge 3m cubic metres, equivalent to 5m tonnes, of seabed in order to expand [Queensland’s] Abbot Point for an increase in coal exports. A proposal to dump the sediment within the [Great Barrier] reef’s marine park has also been approved.” (

The world’s first coal reef.


“An over-sympathy for the [coal] industry to date in Scotland has led to a culture of light touch regulation.” (

For the environment that’s ‘light touch paper and stand well back’ regulation.