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Snowy 2.0 Partial Tunnel Collapse

In a recent development that has raised eyebrows and concerns alike, the Snowy 2.0 project—a massive hydroelectric initiative similar to what’s proposed for Eungella—witnessed a significant setback. A partial tunnel collapse at the site, as reported by ABC News, underscores the inherent risks associated with such ambitious undertakings in geologically complex areas.

Partial collapse of Snowy 2.0 Tunnel
A blast in the main cavern of the troubled Snowy 2.0 project caused a partial collapse in the tunnel (ABC News)

This incident serves as a stark reminder of the potential consequences looming over the Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Project planned by Queensland Hydro. The steep, landslide-prone mountains of Eungella are not just a backdrop for breathtaking beauty but also a region known for its geological instability. The thought of carving out massive tunnels in such a fragile environment not only heightens the risk of environmental degradation but also poses significant safety concerns.

Moreover, the financial implications of such projects cannot be ignored. The Snowy 2.0 project has seen its budget balloon as complications grow, draining resources that could otherwise benefit more sustainable and less intrusive renewable energy initiatives. With the Queensland Government already unclear about the total projected costs for the Pioneer-Burdekin project, there is a real risk that history could repeat itself, plunging Queensland taxpayers into a financial quagmire.

The question then becomes: Why is the Queensland Government pushing forward with a project fraught with such high risks and uncertainties? The financial drain and potential environmental catastrophe mirror the problems currently unfolding with Snowy 2.0, yet there seems to be no significant reevaluation of strategies or consideration of less invasive alternatives.

As concerned citizens and stewards of Eungella's unique ecological tapestry, we must raise our voices. We cannot allow our landscapes to be irreversibly damaged and our tax dollars squandered on potentially disastrous projects. It's time to demand transparency, accountability, and a commitment to genuinely sustainable energy solutions that do not compromise the integrity of our natural treasures.

We urge you to stay informed, engage in community discussions, and press for a reevaluation of the Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Project. Let’s ensure our government learns from the mistakes of others rather than repeating them, safeguarding our environment and our future.


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