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Adani yet to submit rail plans to Queensland Government - Ms Palaszczuk

Coal News - Published on Mon, 15 Apr 2019

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk urged the company to fulfil its requirements and submit its outstanding rail plans, with the Queensland Government facing mounting pressure by mining giant Adani to give final approvals for the proposed Carmichael mine. A letter obtained by ABC News showed Ms Palaszczuk wrote to Adani chief executive Lucas Dow last week, urging him to lodge outstanding approvals for the mine's rail corridor, which would take coal from the site to the Abbot Point terminal near Bowen in the state's north.

Ms Palaszczuk wrote "I understand the new rail design you announced last year has yet to be completed, as is a detailed hydrological study for the rail corridor."

She said that "Further, I am advised that a lease application for 37 kilometres of the prospective rail corridor, including a work program with evidence of commitment to starting construction, is yet to be lodged. The Queensland Government is committed to working with Adani to finalise these matters, and I understand the relevant departments have been communicating outstanding requirements and timeframes to Adani."

The letter was sent to the company on April 5, days prior to the federal Environment Department giving its final approval for the mine's groundwater management plan.

However, an Adani spokeswoman said the rail plans were not needed to start digging. The spokeswoman said that "In order for us to start construction of the mine and get on with delivering thousands of jobs for Queensland, we need the State Government to finalise the black-throated finch management plan and the groundwater dependent ecosystem management plan."

She said that "The remaining plans will be required as the project moves through its various stages, just like any other project, but are not needed in order for us to start construction."

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 15 Apr 2019
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