Finch back to pose threat for mine

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - JOHN McCARTHY

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.”

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