Adani's Australian coal mine wins further environmental approval

Olive Hawkins
April 11, 2019

"Following this independent assessment and the Department of the Environment and Energy's recommendation for approval, I have accepted the scientific advice and therefore approved the groundwater management plans for the Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Infrastructure project under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999", Price said.

The approvement of the proposed Queensland mine's groundwater management plans came after the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Geoscience Australia found they passed scientific requirements.

Mr Dow said the Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems Management Plan and the Groundwater Management and Monitoring Plan detailed all the activities that would be undertaken and safeguards implemented to ensure approval conditions were met.

"Throughout the past 18 months, the federal department provided us with certainty of process and timing, including the steps involved in the independent review by CSIRO and Geoscience Australia experts".

The other was the Black-throated Finch Management Plan.

Now, Adani plans to letter drop thousands of homes in the state's north, touting the number of jobs its project will create and challenging the state government on its approvals process.

MPs from Queensland in the Scott Morrison-led government had been pressurising Price to approve the plan before elections are held in May.

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Price insisted the approval was made on scientific grounds with input from the CSIRO and Geoscience Australia.

"It is wrong to think Adani now has the green light start digging up coal in the Galilee Basin".

GetUp said there would be a backlash against the decision.

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) meanwhile called the environmental nod a milestone for the project's lengthy approval process.

The Morrison government has moved to end a damaging split over the Adani coal mine and granted the controversial project its final Commonwealth environmental approval. "We are not interested in sovereign risk".

REEKING of political interference - that is how the State Government environment minister has described the campaign from federal politicians Barnaby Joyce and Matt Canavan to get the Adani project approved.

"The project has been under the scrutiny of government agencies in Brisbane and Canberra under both sides of politics over the last nine years", the QRC said in a statement.

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