Adani prosecuted over Carmichael mine report
The Queensland Government is prosecuting mining company Adani for allegedly providing false and misleading information in its 2017–18 annual report to the Environment Department.
“The prosecution relates to information contained in Adani’s 2017/2018 annual return for its Carmichael mine,” the Environment Department said in a statement. “The annual return requires information about planned and actual disturbance of land at the mine.
“The department alleges that Adani’s annual return contained false and misleading information about the disturbance already undertaken at the mine during the annual return period.”
Last year Adani notified the Department that its return had “an administrative paperwork error” and admitted that areas “that were disturbed during the final three-and-a-half weeks of the annual return period should have been included.”
The prosecution is listed for mention at the Brisbane Magistrates Court on 16 August. If convicted, the company is facing a fine of up to $598,500 under Queensland’s Environmental Protection Act 1994.
Adani said it was notified of the prosecution on Tuesday and insisted that there was no environmental harm.
“We have been notified that the prosecution will proceed despite the fact all relevant works were legal and fully complied with our project conditions, and despite there being no environmental harm,” a spokesperson for Adani said. “We will assess the documentation relating to the prosecution in consultation with the Department of Environment and Science, and participate in the relevant legal processes required to resolve this matter.”
The proceedings will not impact work currently underway at the site and are unrelated to the recent approval of the mine, the Department said, and the company will not be prosecuted over allegations of illegal land-clearing and sinking of bores.
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