Activists are 'crying wolf': Seeney

WITHIN hours of an environmental report into a massive Central Queensland port expansion being publicly released on Wednesday, Greenpeace accused the government and mine companies of putting the Great Barrier Reef at risk.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney took the opportunity on Thursday to describe the activists' action as being akin to "crying wolf".

He said 16 separate environmental studies went into the report which indicated that an expansion of the multi-billion-dollar project was unlikely to have an impact on the reef.

"It illustrates that we can have bulk export ports and they can operate with no threat to the Great Barrier Reef," Mr Seeney said.

"This assessment should put an end to the scare campaigns run by extremist groups whose real agenda is to shut the coal ports and the coal industry as a whole.

"Too often they cry wolf, claiming that any proposed new development will wipe-out entire marine or terrestrial species and threaten the existence of the reef itself.

"This report puts the lie to those claims."

On Wednesday, a Greenpeace spokeswoman said the group would do "whatever is in our power" to stop the terminals from being built.

In August 2009, Greenpeace climbed and forcibly shut down the port to protest its expansion at the time.

Security measures had since been upgraded.

Topics:  great barrier reef greenpeace jeff seeney

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