Adani's Aus­tralian min­ing project blocked

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

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.

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