Adani Australia receives final clearance for Carmichael coal mine

Pablo Tucker
June 15, 2019

Adani Australia CEO says the project will create almost 10,000 jobs as they prepare to begin construction after receiving government approvals on Thursday.

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.

The DES has, meanwhile, required Adani to undertake further scientific work over the next two years, to identify any potential contribution for other acquifers, and to strengthen the groundwater management plan.

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

But it was given the go-ahead by the state government on Thursday, after earlier receiving federal approval.

"Pointing to the government's approval of "$20 billion worth of mining projects", Ms Palaszczuk vowed Adani would not be the last major mine to be given the green light by her government.

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

"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 handsome corals", it said.

These preparatory actions will be followed by starting construction activities, including fencing, bridge and road upgrades, water management and civil earthworks on the mine site. Environmental campaigners fear the project could pave the way for six other mines to be approved in the area, which is about 400km (248 miles).

That's despite enduring concerns held by some water experts that the mine could kill off an ancient springs complex, and have dire effects on the health of the Carmichael River.

The geological Rewan Formation separates the Galilee Basin and the Great Artesian Basin. The project would also expand an existing 2.2bn-litre dam to 10bn litres.

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed this final environmental approval, with CEO Ian Macfarlane saying it could now start delivering returns to Queensland.

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