$21B mega mine delayed after wildlife plan rejected

In Environment, Government/Policy, Latest News, Water & Environment

A foreign-backed coal mining project in Central Queensland worth $21 billion will face further setbacks after the State Government rejected the proponent’s plan to protect a native bird.

The State Department of Environment and Heritage Protection met with Adani Australia representatives on May 2 to discuss an environmental plan for the black-throated finch at its Carmichael Coal Project in the Galilee Basin.

The department asked the proponent to either revise its plan or submit a new one. No construction will be allowed without approval.

“[The plan in its current form] fails to meet Adani’s environmental authority,” a department spokesperson told News Limited.

Adani fired back at the State Government for constantly changing the environmental requirements for the project, and the latest meeting offered no clarify on exactly what is required to resolve the deadlock.

“Unfortunately, we left the meeting still no clearer on the process or timing to finalise these plans,” an Adani spokesperson said.

The proponent also accuses the government of forcing Adani to exceed its usual environmental obligations.

The Federal Government has accused the state government and federal opposition of bullying the proponent to appease left-leaning voters in the city.

However, Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said he had no such plans, claiming the opposition’s position on the project will be decided by science and the law.

“We are not going to review Adani, full stop. We have no plans,” Shorten said back in April according to the Australian Associated Press.

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