On Monday Feb. 11 the O’Farrell govt. approved the expansion of BHP’s Dendrobium coal mine in Sydney’s drinking water catchment Special Area.
This was despite overwhelming evidence of significant environmental damage from past mining and predictions of more catastrophic damage, especially to the upland swamps in the area.
All the reasons given for approval were economic. That’s how much the government cares about ensuring Sydney’s water security. Read the article in the SMH: Mine approved despite water catchment fears