Environmentalists have the resources sector worried

FEROCIOUS anti-mining campaigns are having an impact on resource industry chief executives with "unfounded claims" made by activists among their most serious concerns.

In its annual State of the Sector report, the Queensland Resources Council published its "QRC CEO Sentiment Index" which surveys the bosses of its 81 full member companies to find the major industry issues.

At number five, chief executives believed the "mobilisation of environmental activist groups" was a significant concern.

They felt campaigners were making "unfounded claims re the potential impacts of resources extraction".

In particular, they referred to claims made that shipping routes and the dumping of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef could cause damage.

Other major concerns included uncertainty around regulation, global conditions, scoring funding and the high cost of doing business.

The Queensland resources industry has been battling a concerted campaign from Australia's major conservation groups, fierce in their opposition to an expansion of Abbot Point Coal Terminal.

A plan by North Queensland Bulk Ports to dredge the waters surrounding the coal port has led to protests, petitions and threats of legal action.

The project was approved earlier this year by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority after securing both state and federal support.


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