When it rains at McArthur River

Its been raining a bit lately, Borroloola has received 160mm in the last week and the minesite has received 150mm, upriver at Mallapunya they had 136mm. Below is a reminder of what happens when the McArthur River floods.

Existing Xstrata minesite during the 2003 flood

Existing Xstrata minesite during the 2003 flood

     

One response to “When it rains at McArthur River

  1. I wonder what is the governments attitude towards flood years? This is a natural part of the river cycle. Do they treat these occasions as unusual events and beyond the realm of normal operating conditions? What provision has been made for the potential spillage in the more extreme and unpredictable climatic conditions resulting from global warming? If global warming is now universally accepted as fact then what precautions are we building into our systems as a buffer against it’s predicted impacts? Will we just say Ohh that doesn’t count… Give me another go!

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