Published: Fri, April 12, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Adani Mine Groundwater Plan Gets Go-Ahead From Federal Government

Adani Mine Groundwater Plan Gets Go-Ahead From Federal Government

"There has been blatant political interference in relation to this issue over the last week, with LNP threats against the Environment Minister and hurried meetings between the Adani CEO with the Prime Minister", spokeswoman Carmel Flint said.

The Morrison government has ticked off on the groundwater management plan for the proposed Adani coal mine, an important but not a final step for the central Queensland project receiving the go-ahead.

Price said in a statement on Tuesday: "CSIRO and Geoscience Australia have independently assessed the groundwater management plans for the Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Infrastructure project".

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Labor leader Bill Shorten said pressure from Queensland coalition MPs, who reportedly threatened to call for Ms Price's resignation, put a cloud over the approval process.

Similarly, Rockhampton Region mayor, Margaret Strelow said the council was "obviously thrilled" with news the Federal Government had signed the final approval required from them.

ADANI Australia boss Lucas Dow says yesterday's approval of the mine's groundwater management plan verifies the measures outlined will ensure the ground water and the ecosystems that depend on it are protected.

"Throughout the past 18 months, the Federal Department provided us with certainty of process and timing, including the steps involved in the independent review by CSIRO and Geoscience Australia experts.

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The Australian government is not providing any financial support to the mine or to its rail project".

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

"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".

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

Leeanne Enoch's environment department will need to sign off on Adani's groundwater plan.

"This isn't just about one project or one mine-the Labor party wants to get rid of all coal mines and all coal mining jobs", Senator Canavan said in a statement afterward.

Anti-Adani protesters disrupted a business lunch speech by Morrison in Brisbane on Monday.

In the meantime, Adani plans to lobby central Queensland households with a letter drop campaign calling for the state government to back the mine.

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