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Snowy Hydro Wants Changes to Licence Provisions to Avoid Exacerbating Flooding

14, December 2010

Media Release
December14 2010

TERRY Charlton, CEO and Managing Director of Snowy Hydro, confirmed with Dr Jennifer Marohasy of the Australian Environment Foundation this morning by telephone that Snowy Hydro has been making water releases which may have exacerbated current flood conditions in the Murray Darling Basin because of licence conditions imposed by the NSW Office of Water. 

Mr Charlton told Dr Marohasy that he wrote to the NSW government on April 21, 2010, and raised the potential issue in the licence, the requirement for Snowy Hydro to repay water immediately inflows climbed above a specified long range value.

As recently as last night, December 13, 2010, Mr Charlton was still in talks with the NSW Office of Water asking that this provision in their licence be changed.

“The NSW government appears unable to make any decisions,” said Mr Charlton.

“The situation is ridiculous.  We are frustrated.   Late last week we pulled back on the water releases, but this potentially puts us in contravention of our water licence,” said Mr Charlton.


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Contact: AEF Executive Director Max Rheese 0428 621 320


The Australian Environment Foundation (AEF) is a not-for-profit, membership-based environment organisation having no political affiliation.  The AEF is a different kind of environment group, caring for both Australia & Australians.  Many of our members are practical environmentalists – people who actively use and also care for the environment.  We accept that environmental protection and sustainable resource use are generally compatible. For more information about the AEF visit www.aefweb.info


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