Video by Jeremy Buckingham on 30/08/15.
When mining operations come across a natural aquifer, it can interfere with production or in the setting up of the mine. To deal with this, the aquifer is often rapidly and aggressively evaporated so that development/extraction can continue. As well as being detrimental to the local environment, this is one of the reasons why mining operations near agriculture can be so devastating – and why Australian farmers are so resistant to the planned Shenhua coal mine.
In this video, Jeremy Buckingham, of the New South Wales Greens, explains the process with the backdrop of a striking example he has come across.