ANIMALS STOP $10B MINING PROJECT

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ANIMALS STOP $10B MINING PROJECT

 user 2007-03-30 at 10:48:00 am Views: 69
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    Tiny animals stop Australian mine
    The
    discovery of tiny, cave-dwelling animals measuring just 4mm in length
    has halted plans to develop a $10bn (£5bn) mine in Western
    Australia.Environmental protection officials rejected the iron ore mine
    proposal from mining giant Rio Tinto when 11 species of troglobite were
    discovered.

    The troglobites are tiny cave-dwelling creatures which resemble spiders.
    They
    feed on organic matter deep underground and will die if exposed to
    ultraviolet light outside their caves.The chairman of Western
    Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), Wally Cox, said
    the proposed mine would cause the extinction of at least five of the
    newly-discovered species.

    Approval process
    A
    Rio Tinto spokesman said the company would appeal against the
    decision.”It’s just part of being in the mining business,” said the
    spokesman. “We support the EPA process in general.”Opposition
    environment spokesman Steve Thomas said the EPA ruling put future
    developments in the state at risk.”Because [the government has]
    upgraded the requirements of the mining sector in the environmental
    approvals process to find what’s out there, they go out there and find
    things,” he said.Troglobites have no eyes but have long front legs or
    feelers to find their way around in the dark.