September 2016 - Download
EDOs of Australia helped the Australian Conservation Foundation produce this report that analyses the approval for Adani's Carmichael coal mine in central Queensland, which will be one of the largest coal mines in the world.
The report asks whether the 36 conditions connected with the mine’s approval will achieve the objective of ensuring that the mine won’t have unacceptable environmental impacts. The scale of the development, the range of impacts triggered, the public controversy, and the heavy reliance on conditions in the re-approval make the Carmichael case the perfect stress test for our nation’s most important environmental law.
The report assesses the approval across three key environmental areas: protecting biodiversity; protecting world heritage areas; and ensuring transparency and accountability. It finds the approval inadequate in a number of ways, and makes 17 recommendations for how mine approvals can be improved.
- Adani Carmichael Supreme Court challenge, EDO QLD case, 2016
- Mackay Conservation Group v Commonwealth of Australia and Adani Mining, EDO NSW case 2015