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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Claim logging may damage water supply. 19/01/2006. ABC News Online

Claim logging may damage water supply. 19/01/2006. ABC News Online

A group opposing logging at South Sister Mountain in north-east Tasmania has questioned evidence given by Forestry Tasmania about the area's ground water quality.

Group spokesman David Clement says he has obtained Freedom of Information (FOI) documents that question the qualifications used by one of Forestry Tasmania's experts.

Forestry Tasmania gained approval to log South Sister after providing evidence that the mountain's ground water system would not be adversely affected.

Mr Clement says the report was flawed because the necessary testing and studies were not carried out.

"They have carried out no monitoring, they have carried out no bores, they know nothing about the ground water system, so they can't possibly protect it," he said.

Mr Clement says he his concerned logging would damage the water supply to the nearby township of St Mary's.

Forestry Tasmania says authorisation to harvest the coupe is a matter for the Forest Practices Authority.

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