Adani coal mine in hands of Qld govt

A Stop Adani protester

A Stop Adani protester

Adani has frequently complained the state government keeps moving the goal posts when it comes to approvals for the mine.

"To date, only 16 of 25 environmental plans have been finalised or approved by the Commonwealth and Queensland governments with a further nine to be finalised", Price said.

ADANI Australia boss Lucas Dow says yesterday's approval of the mine's groundwater management plan verifies the measures outlined will ensure the ground water and the ecosystems that depend on it are protected.

Leeanne Enoch's environment department will need to sign off on Adani's groundwater plan.

Australia's Environment Minister Melissa Price has granted approval for the groundwater management plans of the controversial Carmichael coal mine, to be built by Indian mining giant Adani.

The federal government has more approvals to do on the project - they will be done after construction has begun, but before coal is mined.

CSIRO and Geoscience completed their initial assessment of the groundwater management plan on February 22, further questions were asked of Adani before the Department of Environment briefed Ms Price on Monday last week.

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"Frustratingly, however, we're sitting here with the state government continuing to shift the goalposts and standing in the way of us being able to deliver thousands of jobs".

As the project is commercial, it will not receive any financial support from the Federal Government.

Price has been reportedly under pressure from Queensland Members of Parliament to approve the plan before Prime Minister Scott Morrison calls a general election and the parliament enters caretaker mode, at which point the incumbent Liberal-National Party coalition (LNP) would have to consult with the opposition Australian Labor Party (ALP) before granting the approval.

Shorten said in government he would be guided by the "best science and the law of the land" on the Adani approvals.

Labor's climate spokesman Mark Butler said that people across Australia would be asking themselves "how can you have any confidence that this decision was made on the merits of the case rather than because of the internal division and chaos in this government?".

It's all down to Queensland now, and a project which opponents say would only serve to accelerate the decline of the natural environment and effectively microwave the Great Barrier Reef suddenly seems mighty close.

They are calling for an investigation into how the approval was granted.

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