The Adani Carmichael coal mine project continues to dominate headlines for all the wrong reasons. The Queensland government, under significant pressure since the federal election, has approved Adani's Ground Water Dependent Ecosystem Management Plan (GDEMP). The Department of Environment and Science cited the additional conditions placed on Adani and the input of both the CSIRO and Geoscience Australia. The decision means that preliminary work can begin on the Adani site, however further approvals are needed before an extraction can occur.
After a recent win thanks to ACF and EDO QLD, Adani needs to reapply for federal water approvals after the Coalition government, facing legal action, conceded prior approvals were invalid. In conceding the case, the Federal Environment Minister has admitted the Federal Government failed to consider some of the thousands of valid public submissions about if and how Adani’s project should be assessed, in direct breach of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Environmental Groups like the ACF, Australian Marine Conservation Society and the Bob Brown Foundation have condemned the groundwater approval citing the significant threats posed by the Adani mine to the Great Barrier Reef, the Doongmabulla Springs, and the need to move away from fossil fuels to a renewable energy future.
The fight to STOP ADANI goes on and SCEC is proud to be a member of the Stop Adani Alliance.