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Adani Mining faces further delays at Carmichael project - Report

Coal News - Published on Wed, 15 May 2019

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Australian Mining reported that Adani Mining has claimed the Queensland Department of Environment and Science has gone back on its commitment to cease reviews regarding the Carmichael coal project’s Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem Management Plan. The DES has asked for another round of information and assessment from the CSIRO and Geoscience Australia – a delay tactic used to prevent construction of Carmichael starting, according to Adani chief executive officer Mr Lucas Dow.

Mr Dow said that “DES has consistently said it would not pursue further reviews; however, they have gone back on their word once again. We are now facing (the) prospect of another tortuous and never-ending management plan approval process like the one we have endured for the Black-Throated Finch.”

Adani revealed that DES officials wouldn’t confirm the scope and nature of the requests and if they were limited to only assessing the Carmichael project’s environmental conditions.

This was described by an Adani press release as DES “engaging in a secretive and non-transparent additional review process.”

The federal government approved Adani’s GDEMP in April, following an eight-month assessment that included review and advice from the CSIRO and Geoscience Australia, which was shared with DES.

Adani claimed that earlier in the year the DES said it would rely on that same review process and information given to the federal government. The department’s processes, timing and decision-making has left Dow increasingly frustrated, saying that they “have zero transparency.”

He said that “Trying to see what needs to be done to ensure these management plans can be signed off is like trying to see through a brick wall – there is absolute zero transparency. If this latest request for further information and assessment was above board and in-line with the Carmichael project’s conditions, why is there a need for secrecy and non-disclosure?”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 15 May 2019
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