Adani inches closer to constructing Carmichael coal mine after Aussie nod

Rodiano Bonacci
Aprile 10, 2019

Senator McGrath, who helped engineer the dumping of both Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull, has threatened to force the resignation of Environment Minister Melissa Price if she does not grant the final Commonwealth environmental approval for the Adani mine before the election is called.

"Following this independent assessment and the Department of Environment and Energy's recommendation for approval, I have accepted the scientific advice and therefore approved the groundwater management plans" for the mine and rail infrastructure under Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

The Lock The Gate Alliance, one of the most vocal activist groups campaigning against the project, said the approval set a unsafe precedent.

The future of the proposal for central Queensland now rests with the State Government, having received the final federal approvals needed before construction can begin.

Despite the Federal Government's insistence that the project won't irrevocably mess up groundwater in Queensland's Galilee Basin, opponents have slammed the decision as a concession to mega-polluters and an insult to climate change realists. "Now we need the state Labor government to stop dragging their heels and get on with the job of creating these jobs".

Labor would "adhere to the law" and be "guided by the science", he said.

He said the Queensland government was yet to sign off on Adani's Black-Throated Finch Management Plan and Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem Management Plan.

QLD Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington told Ray Hadley she was sure the federal government would "do the right thing" by allowing the coal mine to go ahead.

In the meantime, Adani plans to lobby central Queensland households with a letter drop campaign calling for the state government to back the mine.

However, Price reiterated it will ultimately be up to the Queensland pollies to greenlight nine remaining environmental plans. To date, only 16 of 25 environmental plans have been finalised or approved by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments with a further 9 to be finalised, the statement read.

The approval follows more than 18 months of consultation with the Department, and independent evaluation and endorsement of the plan by CSIRO and Geoscience Australia, said Lucas Dow, chief executive officer of Adani Mining.

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