Adani mine: Australia approves controversial coal project

An anti Adani protest in Brisbane yesterday

An anti Adani protest in Brisbane yesterday

"This is confirmation the plan complies with all regulatory conditions set by the Australian and State Governments, bringing to a close a two year process of rigorous scientific inquiry, review and approvals".

The proposed coal mine is the first of six waiting for approval to begin mining in Queensland's Galilee Basin, described as Queensland's last significant coal resources.

"The finalisation of the GDEMP and Black-throated Finch Management Plan paves the way for construction to commence on the Carmichael project and the delivery of much needed jobs for regional Queenslanders".

First acquired by Adani in 2010, the project is slated to produce 8-10 million tonnes of thermal coal a year and cost up to $1.5 billion, but has been mired in court battles and opposition from green groups.

On Thursday, state officials endorsed Adani's plan for groundwater management after several revisions to satisfy environmental requirements. This plan was approved by the central government in April.

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The mine has frequently become a flashpoint for pro- and anti-coal forces, prompting protests and counter-protests.

This country gave the final approval for the construction of a controversial coal mine to be built by Indian company Adani. Holders of other coal deposits in the basin include some of Australia's wealthiest iron ore magnates such as Gina Rinehart, who has a joint venture with India's GVK Group, and controversial one-term politician Clive Palmer.

"Queensland is highly vulnerable to worsening extreme weather as well as the destruction of key ecosystems like the Great Barrier Reef", she added.

"In assessing the plan, both Adani and DES took on board advice from CSIRO and Geoscience Australia - the same advice considered by the commonwealth government in approving an earlier version of the groundwater management plan in April this year", the DES said.

Adani has indicated that work would begin within days but while the Queensland state approval will permit preliminary construction, the firm still must obtain some federal approvals before it can begin extracting coal.

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