Published: Sat, June 15, 2019
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Adani wins green light for long awaited Australian coal mine

Adani wins green light for long awaited Australian coal mine

Adani Australia chief executive Lucas Dow said there could be up to 1800 ongoing jobs once the company starts exporting coal, expected within two years.

"They say one thing in their electorate and then they come here and say exactly the opposite", she told parliament.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the Department of Environment and Science said the company submitted the most recent version of the plan, addressing department feedback, on Wednesday - 24 hours before the approval deadline set by Queensland's premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk.

It said that after the go ahead, preparatory activities such as finalising contracts, mobilising equipment, recruitment and completing inductions will continue.

"Moving forward, our priority is ensuring the safety of everyone who works on the project and that all construction activity meets the strict environmental requirements we have agreed to meet in our management plans and approvals".

"Climate change is the greatest threat to our reef's future and we can not risk opening up the Galilee basin for other major coal projects which would heat our oceans and lead to more stress on our attractive corals and reef", campaigner Shani Tager said.

Adani will now be able to begin preliminary work, such as land-clearing and road access development at its mine site.

Adani has won the final approval it needs to construct its new coal mine in central Queensland.

According to the StopAdani movement, it will increase maritime traffic over the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area by 500 more coal ships annually, for six decades.

The groundwater plan has been extensively scrutinised by CSIRO, Geosciences Australia and criticised by seven prominent groundwater scientists earlier this week, demonstrating how Adani Mining plans to protect the region's underground water supplies as it extracts coal.

First acquired by Adani in 2010, the project is slated to produce 8-10 million tonnes of thermal coal a year and cost up to $1.5 billion, but has been mired in court battles and opposition from green groups.

"Construction can now begin", Adani said in a Tweet shortly after the announcement. But the approval to take river water does not impact Adani's ability to start mine construction.

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