Adani's Australian mining project blocked
THE FEDERAL Court of Australia has overruled the approval granted by the Tony Abbott government to the country's largest proposed coal project, Adani's Carmichael mine in north Queensland. In a recent ruling, the court stated that the environment ministry, headed by Greg Hunt, which granted the approval last year, did not pay heed to conservation advice for two of Australia's vulnerable species—the Yakka Skink and the Ornamental Snake—found in the area near the proposed project. The approval, granted to the mine last year, was challenged by the Mackay Conservation Group, a Queensland-based non-profit. The Adani Group's Australia office said it was confident that the mine would be re-considered. Adani told ABC news that it was committed to ensuring that its mine, rail and port projects in Queensland were developed, and complied with environmental conditions. The threat to the two reptiles is only the latest controversy to block Adani's project. The proposed mine has run into other controversies related to the impacts on the Great Barrier Reef due to a planned shipping terminal to be used to ferry coal to India and extraction of groundwater from the Great Artesian Basin situated in arid Queensland.