SA Mines and Energy Journal : April-May 2010
APRIL/MAY 2010 SA MINES & ENERGY JOURNAL 43 THE CANARY Do you have a story to knock The Canary off his perch? Send it to email@example.com Confidentiality assured. Lo-carb reporting Now the Federal Government has started publishing greenhouse gas emissions and the energy consumption of high-emitters (see page 6), we not only have a benchmark for reducing emissions, but an insight into who is emitting the most. While most companies reported their emissions under a single parent entity, one big miner split its business (and not along lines used in its annual report). At first glance, the numbers against the parent company appear modest ... until you realise the company has another series of entries, and an unknown number of "child" businesses that fall under the threshold and remain unreported. Geology isn't always about dinosaurs, but every now and then one pops up. It is with chagrin that the Canary over- heard one dinosaur lamenting traditional landowners' rights to negotiate land access. In a state with a proud record of resource companies engaging with Indigenous communities, we can only hope such imperialist views aren't promulgated so that the reputation of others is tarnished. The Canary's advice to any dinosaur is to look around and observe your highly evolved counterparts. During the election campaign, the caretaker state Treasurer Kevin Foley described the very idea of government underwriting tonnages in a deep-sea port as "Stalinist economics" . The Canary wondered what Stalin would have thought. What about some collectivised agriculture? Who's going to force the peasants into communes? Destroy the kulaks? Control agricultural output? Or fix the prices of wages and food? If the Treasurer was so concerned about state involvement in infrastructure, why on earth does the state collect taxes at all? Dinosaur discovered! What would Stalin think? In the driest state in the driest continent, we are in the midst of the greatest disruption to operations in the far north of our state because of the recent rain here and in Queensland. The floods are the worst in more than a decade and look set to rival the largest flooding event on record, which occurred in 1974. Major arterial transport corridors have been cut and local road access has been severely hampered. Our geothermal and energy friends will have trouble moving around for some months to come. The good news? The drought may be finally coming to an end. It never rains but it pours A bridge under water at Nappa Merrie in Queensland.