Adani gains groundwater approval at Carmichael coal mine

Pablo Tucker
April 11, 2019

Diversified conglomerate Adani Enterprises said on Tuesday it has won a key approval for its groundwater management plan to construct a thermal coal mine and rail infrastructure project in Australia.

"After a month of multiple requests, the Queensland Government received the CSIRO and GeoScience Australia report less than 30 minutes before the Federal Minister's announcement", Ms Enoch said.

She signed off on a groundwater management plan, saying the CSIRO and Geoscience Australia have confirmed that revised plans meet scientific requirements.

"The independent evaluation and endorsement by CSIRO and Geoscience Australia verify that the measures outlined in the plans will ensure groundwater at the mine, and the ecosystems that depend on it, are protected", said Dow in a statement.

"They have independently assessed that and endorsed the groundwater management plan".

Dow said in contrast, the Queensland government had "continued to shift the goal posts" when it came to finalising the outstanding environmental management plans for the mine.

Adani coal mine plan is said to be a substantial phase for the central Queensland project.

"It's time the Queensland government gave us a fair go and stopped shifting the goal posts so we can get on with delivering these jobs".

"The GDEMP will be considered against Queensland's own environmental conditions".

GROUNDWATER EXPLAINED: The source aquifer of theDoongmabulla Springs (Clematis Sandstone) will not be directly affected by mining according to Adani's research.

The project now requires further approval from the Queensland Government prior to commencing construction.

Ms Landry stressed the decision does not mean everything is now signed off and said it was now back to the State Government (see above).

"It is wrong to think Adani now has the green light start digging up coal in the Galilee Basin". "We are not interested in sovereign risk".

Labor leader Bill Shorten said in government he would be guided by the "best science and the law of the land" on the Adani approvals, but no taxpayer money would go to the project.

Price has been reportedly under pressure from Queensland Members of Parliament to approve the plan before Prime Minister Scott Morrison calls a general election and the parliament enters caretaker mode, at which point the incumbent Liberal-National Party coalition (LNP) would have to consult with the opposition Australian Labor Party (ALP) before granting the approval.

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