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Hydro under fire for cloud seeding

August 3, 2016 10:01 am Category: Hydropower, Latest News A+ / A-
Hydro Tasmania cloud seeding crew. Did they do their job too well?

Hydro Tasmania cloud seeding crew. Did they do their job too well?

Hydro Tasmania’s decision to undertake cloud seeding flights in June is under fire with calls for an independent inquiry.

Only days before serious flooding enveloped the state in early June, Hydro carried out cloud seeding flights in an effort to break the drought which had seen hydro producing dams plunge to record lows of 12 percent capacity.

In the flooding which followed, a farmer was swept away and died in the Ouse area, and widespread disruption gripped the state.

Hydro conducted an internal report which found there was no link between the cloud seeding and the floods, but the state owned utility is now facing calls for an external audit.

Tasmanian dam capacity is now at around 35 percent and rising, and Lake Pedder this week discharged water into Macquarie Harbour, a very rare event.

 

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