Australia clears Adani’s plan for ground water management

Katie Ramirez
April 11, 2019

Federal Environment Minister Melissa Price has signed off on an environment plan that puts Adani a step closer to getting started on its Carmichael coal mine in central Queensland.

Price said the Geoscience Australia and CSIRO advice had been provided to the Queensland government.

The Australian government has granted clearance for Adani Group's controversial groundwater management plan for its coal mine project at Queensland in that country.

Bill Shorten - who, like the government, has been caught between the conflicting imperatives of campaigning in central Queensland and in southern Australia on this issue - said the Queensland government now had to go through its processes.

Adani said the GDEMP was a regulatory document that outlined the actions Adani would take to protect the Doongmabulla Springs and other groundwater dependent species during the construction and operation of the Carmichael mine, ensuring it met project conditions.

Ms Enoch said based on the reports from the CSIRO and GeoScience Australia, there were still uncertainties.

Dow said, the Queensland government continued to shift the goal posts when it came to finalising the outstanding environmental management plans for the mine and was standing in the way of thousands of jobs for Queenslanders.

"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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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.

The other was the Black-throated Finch Management Plan.

MPs from Queensland in the Scott Morrison-led government had been pressurising Price to approve the plan before elections are held in May.

"Of course we will watch with interest to see the State Government go through its final processes and we look forward to welcoming the jobs for our community", Cr Strelow said.

"It is wrong to think Adani now has the green light start digging up coal in the Galilee Basin".

The Environment Ministry's clearance means only the approval of the Queensland government is necessary for the project to proceed.

They say the government has given in to pressure from Adani, and that Ms Price has bowed to bullies within her own party.

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