14 April 2007
The Halt the Salt campaign to prevent the world's largest salt
mine from being built on Western Australia’s highly sensitive
Exmouth Gulf continues to generate widespread support.
So far the campaign has been very successful with more than
2500 submissions made to the Environmental Protection Authority,
which demonstrates the massive concern about the impact of Straits
Resources’ proposed project on the delicate environment
within the Exmouth Gulf.
We also continue to call on your support to provide submissions
– and to help launch a postcard campaign – to oppose
the proposed salt mine which has the potential to destroy Exmouth’s
marine life and valuable eco-tourism, recreational and fishing
industries worth more than $165m a year.
Call for submissions to continue
The Halt the Salt Alliance is calling on the public to continue
submitting submissions opposing Straits Resources proposed salt
To date more than electronic 2600 submissions have been received
by the EPA – and with your continued support we envisage
we will have received more than 4000 submissions by the end of
The standard of submissions from the Halt the Salt Campaign organisers,
government agencies, research bodies, communities and individuals
are very high and outlines the many reasons why the EPA should
block this dangerous project from proceeding.
It is important that scientific arguments are supported by the
concerns of members of other community groups and the general
public who live or visit the region, have an affinity with it
or simply care about the environment we will be leaving future
We have made this easy for you to comment by providing a pro-forma
submission to which we encourage you to add your own comments.
Next steps in the EPA submission process
With EPA submissions to Straits’ Environmental Review
and Management Program’ (ERMP) recently closing, further
steps are required to be undertaken by Straits to complete the
EPA’s decision-making process on the proposed salt mine.
Straits must release further supplementary documentation on the
potential impacts of the proposed project that will be open for
Straits must also respond to all submissions made to the EPA,
including detailed submissions from the Halt the Salt Alliance,
government agencies and many other scientific groups, communities
We are not sure of the timeframe of this release of supplementary
documents but we believe the complexity of the arguments that
have been presented against Straits proposal will mean a period
of months before the company can fully and properly attempt to
respond, however we will keep you informed of any developments.
Call for support to launch the ‘Halt the Salt”
Supporters of ”Halt the Salt” are being asked to
donate money or volunteer their time to help launch a new postcard
campaign to maintain our momentum in opposing Straits Resources
disastrous proposal for a salt mine in Exmouth.
The campaign will see the production and mass distribution of
a ‘Halt the Salt’ postcard which will have a pre-written
message opposing the project, based on the damage it would cause
to Exmouth’s pristine marine environment and its valuable
tourism and fishing industries.
The postcard campaign will aim to put further pressure on the
WA Government to block the salt mine project – lets send
them as many postcards as possible!
Further information on the launch of the postcard campaign will
be announced shortly.
TV coverage boosts Halt the Salt campaign
The Halt the Salt campaign received a major boost recently when
it received significant media coverage on ABC TV’s Stateline
The TV report positively covered the ‘Halt the Salt”
campaign with interviews conducted withAlliance spokesperson andConservation
Council of WA director Chris Tallentire and the Pearl Producers
Association’s Brett McCallum. Comments were also made by
EPA Director Wally Cox and Straits spokesperson Iain Scott during
Stateline’s report covered important issues that support
our campaign including the threat the proposed salt mine might
have on whales, birds, prawn fishing and the state’s pearling
industry – while raising public concerns of Straits plans
to minimise environmental damage from the project.
To read a transcript from the program visit ABC’s website:
friends and associates asking them to participate.