Finch back to pose threat for mine
THE black- throated finch is back to cause problems for Adani – and this time it’s brought the lawyers.
Four of the 140 conditions placed on the mine by the Federal Government relate to the black- throated finch.
But the Australian Conservation Foundation has written to Federal Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg, calling on him to revoke Adani’s approval following revelations that proposed environmental offsets for Adani’s coal mine are flawed.
It has legal advice from the Environmental Defenders Office Queensland, which reportedly contains new information showing that the bird could be driven to extinction by the mine development. ACF said this was grounds for cancelling the entire approval.
However, a spokesman for the minister said the Com- monwealth’s environmental approval for the Carmichael coal mine went through an extremely rigorous process.
“The conditions placed on the project followed a comprehensive environmental impact assessment process,’’ he said.
ACF’s Basha Stasak said: “The Turnbull Government has signed off on a project that will help send a species extinct. It must reverse the decision.”