Adani’s Carmichael coal mine faces Qld Gov’t hurdle

Adani’s Carmichael coal mine faces Qld Gov’t hurdle

Adani’s controversial Carmichael coal mine project faces another hurdle, with the Queensland Government seeking a further review of the company’s groundwater plans for the project.

Federal Environment Minister Melissa Price approved Adani’s groundwater plans just before the start of campaigning for the federal election.

The approval followed eight months of assessment, including reviews by the CSIRO and Geoscience Australia.

However, the Queensland Department of Environment and Science (DES) requested a further review last Friday, according to Adani’s chief executive Lucas Dow.

“It appears this process will again go beyond the scope of what our project is required to deliver under regulatory considerations — and, put simply, is another fishing expedition,” Mr Dow said.

He accused the Queensland Government of deliberately shielding the process, saying that the DES had not provided Adani with the scope of the new review.

“Trying to see what needs to be done to ensure these management plans can be signed off is like trying to see through a brick wall — there is absolute zero transparency,” Mr Dow said.

The new review will delay construction on the mine in central Queensland’s Galilee Basin, which has been stuck in legal and administrative processes for almost a decade.

Political divisions over the value of the $2 billion project have come to prominence ahead of the federal election, with the incumbent Federal Coalition Government suggesting the Queensland Labor Government is frustrating the project’s progress to win over Green preferences.

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