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Adani Mining response to black-throated finch management plan review panel

Coal News - Published on Wed, 20 Feb 2019

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Adani Mining has been working through approvals for the Carmichael mine and rail project since 2010. We have received approval of our Environmental Impact Statement from both the Queensland and Australian Governments. We have more than 200 conditions attached to the Carmichael Project and been through numerous public consultation processes. We received our Environmental Authority in 2016, which state the conditions as to how we must operate the mine. We have also been granted our mining leases, water licenses and many other approvals. We have secured finance for the mine, without requiring any taxpayer money.

Management plans that have been under review with the Queensland and Australian Governments now need to be finalised. The purpose of a management plan is to demonstrate how an organization will meet the conditions listed in its Environmental Authority. It is not intended to be a secondary approval process.

On 18 December 2018 the Queensland Government’s Department of Environment and Science advised Adani Mining that they were referring the Black-throated Finch Management Plan to an external panel for review, following an assessment process that had already spanned more than 18 months with experts within their own department. Adani Mining was advised of this extraordinary decision on the same day that the Australian Government’s Department of Environment and Energy approved the plan.

In the months that have followed Adani Mining has raised its grave concerns with the Queensland Government that this review would be tainted with bias, especially as five out of the six panel members are part of the Threatened Species Recovery Hub. Members of this organisation have made anti-coal and anti- Adani statements in the past. The leader of the review panel is the head of the Threatened Species Recovery Hub. Professor Wintle’s leadership of the Hub and personal endorsement of anti-coal propaganda demonstrates that he lacked the necessary impartiality to conduct the review fairly.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 20 Feb 2019
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