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MP Jeremy Buckingham’s vomit-inducing fish kill video

Nearly a million fish have died in an “environmental catastrophe”.. Source 7NewsMore Nearly a million fish have died in an “environmental catastrophe”.. Source 7NewsMore
Sandy Nunez | 12 January, 2019, 04:38

A massive fish kill has left hundreds of thousands of bream, Murray cod and perch dead in a 25-mile stretch of the Darling River in southeastern Australia. "They are often the only place with drinking water and so critical for wildlife such as kangaroos, parrots and pigeons".

In a video that has been viewed almost 4 million times, Menindee resident Dick Arnold, right, and rancher Rob McBride say the fish kills are "a manmade disaster".

"We're working through it as fast as we can to see what solutions we can contribute towards and I commend him [Blair] for being on the ground", she said.

The New South Wales Government has been playing down its part in the disaster, saying drought conditions are to blame, but some experts disagree.

"In hindsight, this was probably a poor decision, but it does highlight the incredibly hard task of managing flows in a manner that minimise losses, but ensures enough water is available for communities and the environment during extended severe droughts".

"The scale of this disaster is extraordinary and unprecedented", the opposition leader said in a statement. "We can not be indifferent to the ecological impact and the effect on local residents who live along the river". "This is not about diversions, but about inflows".

He's requested an urgent report into the mass fish deaths. He added the SDL project at Menindee, which aims to save 105 gigalitres a water a year, must proceed. Some of them were up to 100 years old, the men said. "You would blow up the [Murray-Darling Basin] Plan".

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Over the weekend, as many as a million fish died in the Darling River.

But it is former Green now independent MP Jeremy Buckingham's hilarious reaction during a Facebook video that is drawing all the attention, for the wrong reasons.

"They (irrigators) are using our water from a fragile ecosystem", he said.

Michael Murray, general manager of Cotton Australia, sought to counter criticism of irrigators and his industry for the plight at Menindee, say the state's cotton output would halve this year. But, as an industry, we are growing very exhausted of being "the whipping boy" for all the problems that are being brought on by this crippling drought.

"About 18 months ago, 2,000 gigalitres of water was in the Menindee Lakes before the Murray-Darling Basin Authority took the deliberate decision to accelerate releases from Menindee to meet downstream requirements and reduce overall evaporation losses from the Lakes".

Peter Hannam writes on environment issues for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.