Started by ozbob, August 20, 2012, 09:51:39 AM
Quote...He tells about the time the landmark cementfactory at Darra was demolished."I went up to see the chimneys comingdown. They blew a hole in the bottom and thechimneys came down...very sad. It's an era thatwill never be repeated. QCL was a way of life."
QuoteCoal dust slips through reporting cracksDecember 18, 2012 - 12:01AM Tony MooreThe Port of Brisbane does not have to tell Queensland's Environment Department how effectively it deals with coal dust, it was revealed yesterday.Questions were raised after The Courier-Mail reported residents living downwind of the Port of Brisbane - where coal is stockpiled - are suffering asthma and dirty walls and cars.Last night, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection confirmed that the Port of Brisbane must meet guidelines which suggest coal dust deposits must be less than 120 milligrams per square metre per day.However brisbanetimes.com.au received confirmation yesterday that the Port of Brisbane is not asked to regularly report its coal handling processes to the department.This has ''worried '' senior environmental staff.''That could change,'' one officer said late yesterday.This followed comments from Environment and Heritage Protection minister Andrew Powell on 4BC radio yesterday that he was concerned at new allegations of coal dust problems at the Port of Brisbane.''We take that seriously. We, as the Environment and Heritage Protection Agency, do condition the stockpiling of coal at ports,'' Mr Powell said.He said he wanted to separate the allegations along the rail line - including Tennyson, where he said recent testing showed coal dust was well below the health guidelines - from the port.He said he had no information about the level of coal dust from the Port of Brisbane.''As I said, we condition the port operations, including the stockpiling and we will investigate these recent allegations.''Fairfax Media was told yesterday that the Environment Department has not had a complaint about coal dust from the port since 2007.However it was revealed that Queensland Bulk Handling - which runs the stockpiling of coal operations at the Port of Brisbane - is not asked for regular update of controlling coal dust.''As such, Queensland Bulk Handling is not currently required to provide coal dust monitoring data to the department,'' an Environment Department spokeswoman said yesterday.The department can ask Queensland Bulk Handling to report its monitoring within 14 days if a complaint is received under the conditions of its export permit, the spokeswoman said.''However, to date the department has not received any coal dust complaints related to the site since 2007.''The stockpile of coal at the Port of Brisbane has tripled since 2003, growing from 3.6 million tonnes of coal in 2003 to 8.9 million tonnes in 2012.Some mining companies - including New Hope which has a commercial interest in Queensland Bulk Handling - have promised to begin coal ''veneering'' in 2013.Veneering is a process of spraying a ''sticky polymer'' over coal in coal wagons to stop it blowing in the wind.Meanwhile Katter's Australia Party leader Ray Hopper said coal wagons should be covered."It is simply not good enough for coal, either in stockpiles or on trains, to be uncovered,'' he said.''It is a serious health issue and affects quality of life and home prices."Mr Hopper said the commercial benefit to the state should be balanced against the impact on surrounding areas."Surely it is not too much to ask that stockpiles or trains are covered," he said.Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/coal-dust-slips-through-reporting-cracks-20121217-2bjjx.html#ixzz2FKVcq7rd
Quote from: ozbob on November 22, 2012, 15:27:42 PMQuote from: ozbob on November 20, 2012, 10:37:23 AMThis morning on 612 ABC Radio Premier Newman was interviewed by Steve Austin. There was a talk back caller who raised the issue of noise with the coal trains. Think it might have been a Darra caller, however what was interesting was that the Premier actually spoke at length on the coal dust issue and suggested that something will have to be done eg. veneering, as tonnage is ramped up. He also said, that we need to get trucks off the roads and make better use of rail. He also mentioned the possibility of a new rail line into the port.Interview --> here!Premier's comments re noise/coal dust from 21.40 timing mark on the interview.".. get trucks off the road, better rail solutions .. "also mentioned the alternative line to the Port ...
Quote from: ozbob on November 20, 2012, 10:37:23 AMThis morning on 612 ABC Radio Premier Newman was interviewed by Steve Austin. There was a talk back caller who raised the issue of noise with the coal trains. Think it might have been a Darra caller, however what was interesting was that the Premier actually spoke at length on the coal dust issue and suggested that something will have to be done eg. veneering, as tonnage is ramped up. He also said, that we need to get trucks off the roads and make better use of rail. He also mentioned the possibility of a new rail line into the port.Interview --> here!
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Quote from: mufreight on January 04, 2013, 05:35:50 AMIt is obvious that there are those who do not want the coal trains covered or venered to stop any posibility of dust, they want the trains stopped at any cost.
Quote from: SurfRail on January 04, 2013, 08:55:23 AMQuote from: mufreight on January 04, 2013, 05:35:50 AMIt is obvious that there are those who do not want the coal trains covered or venered to stop any posibility of dust, they want the trains stopped at any cost.And would no doubt be perfectly happy for that coal to be carried on the Warrego, as long as they don't have to think about it.
Quote from: mufreight on January 04, 2013, 11:03:43 AMQuote from: SurfRail on January 04, 2013, 08:55:23 AMQuote from: mufreight on January 04, 2013, 05:35:50 AMIt is obvious that there are those who do not want the coal trains covered or venered to stop any posibility of dust, they want the trains stopped at any cost.And would no doubt be perfectly happy for that coal to be carried on the Warrego, as long as they don't have to think about it.Think you will find that they do not want it carried anywhere by any means of transport.
QuoteSimple cleaning of empty coal wagons could be cutting down dust pollution problems by: Tuck Thompson From: The Courier-Mail January 07, 2013 12:00AMCLEANING empty coal wagons would reduce pollution by potentially harmful coal dust, says a 2008 study ignored by the Queensland Government and the coal industry.Experts say there is as much coal dust pollution spread from unloaded wagons as from wagons loaded with coal.The study, conducted for Queensland Rail by consultant Connell Hatch, found cleaning wagons was a practical and cost-effective way to reduce pollution.Yet there are no facilities at the Port of Brisbane to clean wagons and no plans to develop any - either by the Port, coal producers or coal train operator Aurizon, formerly Queensland Rail National.QR's study, which addressed coal dust-mitigation strategies in central Queensland, says the onus is on industry to ensure wagons are relatively clean when they return to mines.The report says an estimated 13 tonnes of coal remained inside each wagon after unloading. Washing wagons would reduce coal dust emissions by 100 tonnes a year.The consultants said washing wagons using a combination of recycled water and air would be effective."This technique has a medium practicability score of 3.92 out of 5, indicating that this system would be relatively easy to implement and have minimal effect upon operations across the coal chain."Whilst the capital investment is relatively large for this mitigation strategy, each of the coal ports is located within communities that are sensitised to coal dust impacts," the report says, adding that coal dust pollution could be "substantially eliminated" with cleaning.Residents along Brisbane's coal corridor have been complaining for months about coal dust from export coal shipments to Fisherman Islands.Darling Downs coal producers are expected to spray adhesive "veneer" on their wagons beginning in late March, but have said nothing about cleaning or veneering returning wagons or veneering coal stockpiles at the Port.Member for Yeerongpilly Carl Judge said coal wagons needed to be cleaned and coal veneered to meet the expectations of the community.But spokesmen for the Port of Brisbane and Queensland Bulk Handling, which operates the coal terminal, were opposed to having wagon cleaning facilities there.They said cleaning facilities posed environmental concerns. They did not respond to questions about whether they would consider veneering unloaded coal wagons.Medical experts say even nuisance coal dust causes respiratory problems in vulnerable populations. Smaller coal particles inhaled deeply into the body are considered a significant long-term health threat depending on exposure levels.Queensland Health does not consider exposure levels along train corridors and downwind of coal stockpiles to be dangerous to public health.The Queensland Government says air monitoring shows coal dust pollution is within acceptable limits, although more tests are being conducted.
Quote from: ozbob on January 09, 2013, 02:40:09 AMFrom the South West News 9th January 2013 page 4A nightmare of noise, dust
Quote from: HappyTrainGuy on January 09, 2013, 11:53:58 AMYawn. Bring back those coal fired monsters
QuoteRubber causes more dust clouds than coalChris Calcino 18th Jan 2013 9:25 PMCOUNCIL is finally ready to release an independent study into how much coal dust is being let loose along major transport routes in Toowoomba.Appeals from angry residents whose homes were being covered by black dust triggered the study's commission in December 2010.The results were due to be made public by June 30 last year, but yesterday the report was still unavailable.Cr Nancy Sommerfield read the data and was surprised by the results.Rather than high levels of coal dust, she said the main source of the ever-present dust clouds was the spent rubber of road traffic."The highest level of anything in the report was rubber residue off the tyres of trucks and cars - and also bitumen," she said."I live in the southern part of Toowoomba, a long way from any railway line or busy road, and I get the same residue."I think it's just part of living in a city."Researchers set up funnel systems in four "key spots" around Toowoomba, regularly monitoring what settled in them for six months.Cr Sommerfield said one of the devices recorded high coal dust levels, but researchers had discounted the readings."Someone tampered with one of (the funnels) two months in a row," she said."But it was very obvious - you could even see where they had been tampering."They put a big heap of coal in it but obviously didn't realise there were four more around the place."The full results of the belated study are due to be released by council in the coming days.
Quote from: HappyTrainGuy on March 24, 2013, 17:14:19 PMIf people are complaining about noise next to a railway line then harden up I say. You wouldn't buy a house next to an airport and complain about the noise of planes taking off. The railway line has been there before all of us forum members were born. Although the sound of steam fired coal munching scaring childen Beyer Garratt locos sure does sound better than a couple wheels squeeking
Quote from: ozbob on March 24, 2013, 17:31:01 PMA long term Darra resident came and saw me a couple of years ago. He lived near the railway line, he wanted some advice on who he should see about noise issues, not from the railway line but the Highway. I gave what support I could. He said he actually loved the noise of the steam engines climbing out of Darra, found the diesels not as appealing though. But the road noise, it was doing him in. The reason for that was that it is just constant. Trains are intermittent and people seem to cope better with that. Not withstanding that, there noise issues, barriers help but the only real solution in the end is freight lines away from the suburbs. Until then, covers and barriers. The coal export market could collapse, then the frequency will drop off.The resident moved out of Darra about 6 months after he spoke to me.
Quote from: ozbob on March 24, 2013, 18:03:45 PMHe said it was constant, he was really impling it just goes on and on, particularly trucks which there are a lot of on the Ipswich Highway.
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