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Greens spokesperson for the Lower Blue Mountains, Joel MacRae, has slammed the Western Sydney Airport Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and called for it to be withdrawn, or its consultation period extended, forthwith.
“Recent revelations that the EIS fudged the carbon emission numbers mean its credibility has to come under serious question.
Failed Prime Minister Tony Abbott sought to ‘slip around’ UNESCO when he announced the second Sydney Airport in April 2014.
Knowing full well how adjacent Badgerys Creek was to the Blue Mountains World Heritage Site (8 kms), Abbott pushed ahead with his bald announcement to develop the site for Airport purposes. The Murdoch media immediately became a cheer-squad for rapid development so that opposition could be steamrolled.
Despite piles of spin, denial and weasel talk throughout, the Western Sydney Airport Environmental Impact Statement could not avoid admitting future lives would be lost as a result of the airport.
The admission happens on pages 34 and 35 of the ‘Executive Summary’, amidst a lot of words about ‘acceptable risks’ from air, noise and water pollution coming from the airport and talk of ‘hospital admissions over 1,000 years’ as if to dismiss health fears. The EIS does not stipulate the exact range of its research nor the all-important connections between these factors and disease.
The madness of building yet another carbon-belching airport in the Sydney Basin is becoming more apparent every day, as more and more requirements to make it work become clear and the underlying environmental hazards are spelled out. At worst we will get an aerial rubbish dump with inadequate infrastructure and a drain on the public purse, at best 24/7 additional air and noise pollution with questionable jobs benefit and a massive increase in vehicular traffic density in western Sydney and the Blue Mountains…
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