Published: Sat, June 15, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Adani's Carmichael coal mine receives final environmental approval

Adani's Carmichael coal mine receives final environmental approval

The Adani Group, with interests ranging from infrastructure to energy, has cleared its last regulatory hurdle to commence work on its ambitious but controversy-hit Carmichael coal mine project in Australia with the Queensland State authorities approving its groundwater management plan. The controversial coal mine project, known as the Carmichael mine, has been fiercely debated for almost a decade amid concerns about climate change. "This includes relevant reviews by Australia's pre-eminent scientific organisations CSIRO and Geoscience Australia", said the statement.

The company needs federal approval for its plan to better understand groundwater use impact on the nearby Doongmabulla Springs before first extraction of coal.

The mining company is now expected to start construction at the site within days.

"Queenslanders want a safe climate, cheap clean power and real, lasting jobs for coal communities as we transition to a clean economy".

"As people said to me, "Michaelia, the way you spell jobs in Queensland is A.D.A.N.I", she told Sky News on Thursday.

"The Adani Carmichael mine is one of six in the Galilee basin that could create tens of thousands of jobs in construction and operation and deliver billions of dollars in royalties over their working life span". Adani will now be able to begin preliminary work, such as land-clearing and road access development at its mine site.

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The state environment department was satisfied Adani had established the main aquifer that feeds the ancient Doongmabulla Springs Complex, near the edge of the mining lease. This is needed to identify any potential contribution from other aquifers and strengthen the GDEMP.

It expects to ship first coal from its Australian mine in two years, said Lucas Dow, Chief Executive, Adani Mining.

"Adani is also required to review hydrological, hydrochemistry analyses and seismic information as part of its second geological and groundwater remodelling after box cut mining starts, and review seismic information pertaining underground mining impacts (which is scheduled to start in year 10 of the project)", DES said.

"The government conceded it did not properly consider more than 2000 public submissions from Australians with concerns about the mine and the water scheme", she said.

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.

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