Kakadu bushfire: Dept of Environment to investigate Ranger mine burn-off that spread to national park

Publish Date:
9th October 2015

From ABC online

The federal Environment Department says it will investigate a fire started by Energy Resources Australia (ERA) that spread into Kakadu National Park, threatening important cultural sites.

The fire started at ERA's Ranger uranium mine a week ago and spread into the World Heritage-listed park, threatening several culturally sensitive Indigenous sites.

In a statement to the ABC, a spokesman for Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt described the fire as a "very serious matter".

"Minister Hunt has asked the Department and Parks Australia to conduct a full and thorough investigation into the cause of the fire," the statement said.

"No permission was sought and no approval was received for the lighting of the fire by ERA.

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