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Qeensland government hits panic button on Carmichael coal mine approvals

Coal News - Published on Fri, 24 May 2019

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Renew Economy reported that an unusual stand-off has emerged in Queensland as Adani, and the Queensland Government are tripping over themselves to push through approvals for the Carmichael coal mine. Following the re-election of the federal Coalition government, it appears that final approvals for the Adani Carmichael Mine are now a foregone conclusion as enormous pressure is placed on the “independent” reviewer by both the proponent and the state Labor government.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk went to Mackay in regional Queensland on Wednesday to demand that Adani and the coordinator general for planning come together and set an agreed timeline to end the approval process. There are two management plans required by the Queensland Government that remain outstanding before Adani can commence construction on the project. These are a Black-throated Finch Management Plan and a Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems Management Plan.

Palaszczuk is eager to show constituents in regional Queensland that she heard the message voters sent to Labor at the federal election.

Stopping short of explicitly saying that she supports the mine, Palaszczuk clearly signalled her desires to see the mine go ahead, calling for an agreed timeline between Adani and independent planning assessors to get the project over the line.

Palaszczuk told media “Enough is enough. What I’m asking for today is, I’m asking for the two parties, Adani and the independent regulator, to sit down with the coordinator general. I’d like them to meet tomorrow, and work up, with a definite timeframe on decisions around these reports. I want a timeline, hopefully, agreed to by all of the parties by Friday. So that I can release that to the public, so the community has certainty, I have certainty, everybody has certainty, about the process going forward. I think enough is enough. I hope that both of the parties will accept this way forward in the best interests of Queensland.”

In response to the demand from Palaszczuk, Adani Mining’s local CEO Lucas Dow issued his own demands, saying that he wanted the whole approval process for the Carmichael mine completed within two weeks.

Dow said in a statement “We have been asking for clarity of process and timing from the Queensland Labor Government in relation to the approvals of our outstanding management plans for more than seven months now. We are looking forward to receiving a call from the Coordinator General so we can meet first thing tomorrow morning, and at that meeting I will be seeking the timeline for approving the two outstanding management plans come to a conclusion within the next two weeks.”

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Fri, 24 May 2019
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