Wednesday, 26 June, 2019

Adani gains groundwater approval at Carmichael coal mine

Australian government approves Adani coal mine project in Queensland Protestors take part in a national Day of Action against the Adani coal mine project at Bondi beach in Sydney in 2017. | Reuters
Sandra Phillips | 12 April, 2019, 13:29

The Morrison government has ticked off on the groundwater management plan for the proposed Adani coal mine, an important but not a final step for the central Queensland project receiving the go-ahead.

"We're. looking forward to delivering the thousands of jobs our project will create for people in north and central Queensland", Lucas Dow, chief executive of Adani Mining, said in a statement.

Adani said the GDEMP was a regulatory document that outlined the actions Adani would take to protect the Doongmabulla Springs and other groundwater dependent species during the construction and operation of the Carmichael mine, ensuring it met project conditions.

Environment Minister Melissa Price today announced her department had approved final groundwater management plans after taking advice from the CSIRO and Geoscience Australia on the open-cut coal mine's potential impact on its surrounds.

"I have accepted the scientific advice and therefore approved the groundwater management plans for the Carmichael coal mine and rail Infrastructure project under Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999", Ms Price said in a statement.

The briefing was informed by scientific work on groundwater management by two agencies, the CSIRO and Geoscience Australia, with input from Adani.

"Both organisations have confirmed these plans meet the strictest scientific requirements - and that was following the independent assessment from the Department of Environment and Energy recommendation as well".

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"If governments make money off state and federal owned infrastructure like ports, railways, airports and alike, it reduces the need to burden taxpayers with tax increases in the future".

But a reported threat to her job over the issue could leave any decision vulnerable to legal challenge.

"Under the Palaszczuk Government, resources companies have committed to more than $20 billion worth of mining projects in Queensland".

"Shorten's Labor must come out now and say where they stand on Adani's climate-wrecking, reef-bleaching and job-destroying mega coal mine", the Greens MP tweeted.

Adani wants to develop the Carmichael coal deposit in Queensland state, but has faced fierce environmental resistance that has turned the project into a political hot potato ahead of a federal election due next month.

Talking down the pressure, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters on Tuesday the decision would be made by "ministers listening to scientists, not senators listening to themselves".

They are calling for an investigation into how the approval was granted.

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