Coal production is down by one-third in the last 12 months, and Australia’s largest mining company has begun dumping coal in the nation’s waterways.
Murray Energy announced it would begin dumping coal and other products from the Murray-Darling Basin in the Murray River and Lake Eyre in November, and in the coming months will begin dumping gas, iron ore and coal from the Barnett and Western Australian Rivers, as well as the Mackay Basin and the Murray Freeway.
Murray has faced heavy criticism from environmentalists and politicians for the use of fossil fuels to power its mines and other industries.
A recent report found that mining companies in Australia were using up to 60 per cent of the country’s energy.
The company said it would also be dumping the coal and iron ore it uses in its mines in a bid to save money and reduce pollution.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics said coal production in Australia in the first half of 2017 was down 8 per cent on the same period last year, and it also reported the number of coal mines in the country fell to 9,834 from 13,844 in 2016.
However, it also noted the decline in coal mining in Australia is the biggest drop in the world over the last five years.