New protest against Adani’s Aussie mine

New Straits Times - - Business -

SYD­NEY: A new en­vi­ron­men­tal cam­paign to stop the de­vel­op­ment of Adani Group’s US$16.5 bil­lion (RM73.1 bil­lion) Carmichael coal mine in Queens­land was to be launched yes­ter­day with the high­pro­file back­ing of for­mer Aus­tralian Greens party leader Bob Brown.

“Adani and the fed­eral gov­ern­ment have no idea of the scale of op­po­si­tion and voter back­lash they’re fac­ing — it is time for them to with­draw ap­provals for the mine and stop coal for good,” said Brown.

Three-quar­ters of Aus­tralians op­posed a plan for Adani to tap a US$900 mil­lion gov­ern­ment sub­sidy to help fund in­fras­truc­ture con­nected to the mine, ac­cord­ing to a ReachTEL poll re­leased by the new Stop Adani Al­liance.

Aus­tralia’s largest coal project — which could fuel power gen­er­a­tion for 100 mil­lion In­di­ans and cre­ate 10,000 jobs in Queens­land — has ig­nited protests from green groups con­cerned the de­vel­op­ment will en­dan­ger the health of the Great Bar­rier Reef ma­rine park in north­ern Queens­land.

Op­po­si­tion to the mine, which could be­gin pro­duc­tion in 2020, has de­layed the first phase of the project and prompted the com­pany to cut un­der­ground ca­pac­ity by 38 per cent.

The protest was a “fu­tile” ges­ture and the Carmichael coal mine project was go­ing to pro­ceed, said Min­er­als Coun­cil of Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Bren­dan Pear­son. Bloomberg

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