Community group Land Services of Coast and Country launched legal proceedings in September against Adani’s Carmichael Coal Mine in the Queensland Land Court on the grounds of climate change, groundwater impacts and protection of the threatened Black-throated Finch.
The proposed Adani Carmichael underground and open-cut mine, railway and port project includes building Australia’s largest thermal coal mine in the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland (Click here to see our map and graphic). It will be linked by a purpose built 388km rail line to a new terminal at Abbot Point Port adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef near Bowen. It will export to India 60 million tonnes of coal each year over its estimated life of 60 to 90 years.
The Carmichael coal mine will open up the currently untouched Galilee Basin coal reserve. It will impact on the threatened ecological community at Doongmabulla Springs and the million year old groundwater resources that are the life blood of surrounding farmers. It will also significantly impact threatened species including one of only two nationally important populations of the endangered Black-throated Finch (pictured).
The hearing of the mining lease applications and objections is listed for five weeks commencing on Monday, 30 March 2015.
For information visit EDO Queensland.