by Emmett O’Loughlin – December 2001
The proposed charcoal plant near Mogo raises a number of matters of environmental concern. Water is one of these, and the plant’s possible impact on water is one of the most serious and long lasting. Several water-related issues are involved.
The main water issues involve unavoidable contamination of adjoining wetlands, the security of water supplies to the plant and the potential adverse impacts that can occur in the water catchments where the “waste” wood is sourced. Other water-related issues exist, for example the link to endangered fauna or flora in the wetlands, and the water supply pipeline which crosses a SEPP 14 wetland.