Friday, 26 April, 2019


Adani mine groundwater plan gets go-ahead

The Federal Govt Just Okayed Adani’s Plans For The Largest Coal Mine In Oz Scummo approves Adani
Kristine Garrett | 12 April, 2019, 13:27

Adani Enterprises has taken a step closer to the construction of a controversial thermal coal mine in Australia after winning federal government approval for its groundwater management plan.

"This decision does not comprise the final approval for this project", Minister for the Environment Melissa Price said in a statement.

Adani Mining chief executive Lucas Dow welcomed the Morrison government approval on Tuesday, but environmentalists and the Greens were appalled.

Resources Minister Matt Canavan, a Queenslander who has been agitating for progress on the mine, said: "I welcome these further approvals".

"If governments make money off state and federal owned infrastructure like ports, railways, airports and alike, it reduces the need to burden taxpayers with tax increases in the future".

But Ms Price said CSIRO and Geoscience Australia had assessed the groundwater plans and confirmed they met strict scientific requirements.

"It must meet further stringent conditions of approval from the Commonwealth before it can begin producing coal".

Ms Price, who is under pressure from her Victorian colleagues who did not want the groundwater plans approved before the election, said only 16 of 25 environmental plans have been finalised or approved by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments.

Labor leader Bill Shorten said the environment minister was being bullied in what he described as a "failure of ethics in government at the highest level".

The GDEMP has been through 11 rounds of assessment with the Australian and Queensland Governments over more than two years.

"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.

Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie said: "This decision is environmental vandalism at its most extreme, facilitated by the most useless environment minister the country's ever seen".

"What worries me is if it's not ticked off, Labor will never tick it off if they win government - goodbye Adani", he told Sky News.

As the project is commercial, it will not receive any financial support from the Federal Government.

However, she added that the approval for the project is not final.

The other is a plan to manage the impacts of the mine on an endangered bird, the Black-Throated Finch.

"Frustratingly, however, we're sitting here with the state government continuing to shift the goalposts and standing in the way of us being able to deliver thousands of jobs".

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