Pilbara Minerals’ Pilgangoora Mine Leads Global Lithium Production
Pilbara Minerals, a prominent player in the mining sector, has achieved a…
5 April 2022
Silica is a key ingredient in solar panels and many companies look to Western Australia for high-grade silica mine locations and materials. The cost of meeting demand, however, may cost the surrounding environment.
Dr Tejas Bhatelia, a chemical engineer and senior research academic, said some forecasts predicted up to 25% of the world’s energy demand could be met in the next 10 years.
Silica is an abundant substance, yet high-grade materials are only found in certain places within the natural environment. The Quinninup Community Association said that members were concerned about the upcoming Allup Silica’s Antwalker Project. If it is approved for mining, it could result in native bushland being cleared in the area, as well as a significant water source being drawn from or polluted during the mining process.
With the global trends moving towards net-zero and reducing carbon emissions, “if we are going to look at chopping down and mining our forests in the south, we are not going to be moving towards those goals.” A registered nurse and Quinninup local Alice Beach said.
Allup Silica executive chairman Andrew Haythorpe said, “should exploration be permitted, it will be subject to the extensive and rigorous community, environmental and government regulation, consultation and oversight.”