Another ABC anti-mining beat up fearmongering about a cyanide spill from the closed Texas silver mine in SE Queensland

Three ABC articles – radio7.30 Report.
Looks from the air like a normal open cut – heap leach site – all works would have been approved by Mines Dept.

It would cost many millions of dollars to replicate the engineering works at this established silver mining site – the silver price in AU$ shows signs of forming a bottom – the site could well open again when economic conditions improve for silver. So the site should be regarded as a valuable State asset.
2008 aerial view with labels

The Dept is holding a $2million bond which would be way in excess of some precautionary dam works to confine any runoff.
It is not apparent from the aerials where there is a pond in danger of spilling.
If any readers are local to Texas – they might have more information – presumably the site is managed by a caretaker as there must be much valuable gear there. As Beachgirl said at comment 8 – the ABC talks big about cyanide yet the Qld Mines Dept say cyanide levels are […less than “the level for release to surface waters cited in the International Cyanide Management Code”.]
So as usual the truth is in short supply whereas anti-mining propaganda is beaten up big time.
This presumably is the previous operator.

So Minister Greg Hunt ‘killed’ the excellent idea from Tony Abbott’s department for a Bureau of Meteorology review

Now I suppose we are stuck for evah with these insane year after year, after year, after year, after year errors by the ignorant BoM for evah.

On the other hand maybe it is just by chance true that the hottest night-time temperature anomaly across all Australia – just so happened to be at the same outback airstrip in the Northern Territory every year from 2002 to 2007 incl. Yair that makes sense – must make sense to the idiot BoM.
The ABC reports here and here – Jo Nova reports on an expose of massively corrupted BoM data.

Anti-mining beat up is #1 story on ABC

The story ignores much of the reality about our mining history –

for example new mines are often discovered near old worked out orebodies. So it is far more efficient in many cases for society to leave the sites alone so mineral exploration can get on with business unhindered.
Sites such as that pictured with old plant still standing can in many cases make attractive tourist stops – they go to make up our history and form part of our industrial heritage. Speaking mainly of metal mining – open cut coal mining does affect larger areas but over the whole country the area affected by mining is miniscule at around 0.3% – big deal. Mined areas are mostly way in the boondocks and on any rational list of our national problems would have to rate much lower than this article is beating up.

Andrew Bolt reports on NOAA’s exaggerated claim that July 2015 was the hottest month on Earth since records began

Great to see a blog such as Andrew Bolt tackling climate misinformation. – Sydney Liberal MP Craig Kelly is curious. Well for a start NOAA is talking mean temperature – an average of max and min. Some of the quotes at Andrew Bolt refer to the daily max. But still there are many cases where the mean temperature Australian data contradicts the NOAA percentile map – Australian sector shown here.

NOAA does have an anomaly map that looks less exaggerated but still wrong in places.

Andrew Bolt asks – Why is the NOAA map for Australia running so very warm? The answer is probably that the GHCN version quoted by NOAA has been adjusted so the past is too cool hence shows too much warming – similar to the BoM ACORN data. It is also likely the SST’s data is similarly fiddled warmer. But how NOAA can publish such way out rubbish is beyond me.
Just taking two examples from grid squares on the NOAA anomaly map – Alice Springs Airport mean temperature and East Sale Airport – both contradict the NOAA anomaly map and of course the even crazier percentile map. Choose your region – then click on July in menu bar – Brisbane also looks a dud for NOAA. Andrew Bolt now shows the BoM July 2015 mean t anomaly to assist readers to check on NOAA.