THE article ‘‘The long rise and short fall of a landmark’’ (Herald 22/11) raised many questions in my mind.
Why had the authorities ignored the information? Why did it take so long to shut it down? Why did people ignore the problems? Why do people still live there? Why are there new houses proposed for the area, aswe speak? All for the mantra of jobs and money. However, the next thought that crept in was to do with here and now.
Why would we let a new industry take over that has so much opposition, is detrimental to the environment, and will leave a toxic legacy? Coal seam gas. What will future generations write about us and the authorities as to why we let it go ahead?
How can we let our governments allow another round of short-term profits and jobs to degrade the environment and leave a legacy of more toxic areas and health problems?
Years in the future the money will be gone, but the problems will be there forever.
Look to the Sulphide story.
John Noonan, Waratah
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