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SATELLITE imagery depicting pictures of what was purported to be a coal spill from the Abbot Point port into wetlands have been shown as a clear misrepresentation of the satellite imagery supplied by NASA.

Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said NASA’s own website provided further evidence that the information supplied to the ABC by the Mackay Conservation Group was incorrect.

“It’s disgraceful that satellite imagery was misrepresented as coal particles in the water by the Mackay Conservation Group when in fact NASA’s website clearly says water absorbs light so it is usually black in the images.”

“Similar photos taken in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie show black water in the imagery which included swimming pools and waterways nowhere near coal terminals.”

In a statement Adani confirmed they were not only acting within its Temporary Emissions Licence (TEL) from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) but have not exceeded its normal licence limits.

“It’s time these extreme tactics of environmental activists were exposed and all media outlets should be alert to the constant misrepresentation of the truth by groups opposed to economic development in Queensland,” said Mr Macfarlane.

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