Next step of Adani coal mine approved by Morrison gov't

Scummo approves Adani

The Federal Govt Just Okayed Adani's Plans For The Largest Coal Mine In Oz

This comes in wake of the Federal Government giving the tick of approval to Adani's groundwater management plans for the Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Infrastructure project.

She says CSIRO and Geoscience Australia believe the Indian company's revised plans for the way it manages groundwater resources meet scientific requirements.

The Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem Management Plan (GDEMP) requires that Adani ensure the protection of the Doongmabulla Springs and animals that rely on the groundwater in the area surrounding the mine.

The decision, taken by Environment Minister Melissa Price, comes after intense pressure from Queensland Liberal National Party members, including a threat by senator James McGrath to publicly call for Price's resignation if she failed to treat the Adani project fairly.

It means that the mine cleared one more hurdle but still required approval from the Queensland state government to go ahead.

Now, Adani plans to letter drop thousands of homes in the state's north, touting the number of jobs its project will create and challenging the state government on its approvals process.

"But it has to be done properly and so the Minster sent this for independent assessment by the CSIRO and GeoScience Australia".

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But it's now up to Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's government to sign off on two of the nine outstanding approvals before construction can begin.

Dow said in contrast, the Queensland government had "continued to shift the goal posts" when it came to finalising the outstanding environmental management plans for the mine.

"It's time the Queensland government gave us a fair go and stopped shifting the goal posts so we can get on with delivering these jobs".

Environmental groups have raised concerns about the impact of groundwater bores at the Carmichael coal mine site on the Great Artesian Basin, which is the source of groundwater for large parts of the region.

"If governments make money off state and federal owned infrastructure like ports, railways, airports and alike, it reduces the need to burden taxpayers with tax increases in the future".

Morrison was continually interrupted by anti-Adani protestors while giving a luncheon speech in Brisbane on Monday.

Adani Mining chief executive Lucas Dow praised the federal department's decision to approve the GDEMP while criticising the Queensland Government for its perceived indecision over the approvals process.

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