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Queensland's Environmental Regulator Fines Adani over Misleading Documents

Coal News - Published on Fri, 07 Feb 2020

Image Source: Adani Carmichael Coal Mine
Mining giant Adani has been fined AUD 20,000 after pleading guilty to providing false or misleading information to Queensland's environmental regulator. Magistrate Stephen Courtney said in sentencing that “The company is a large one, it's well resourced. This mistake just should not have happened.”

In court papers, the Department of Environment and Science said Adani filed its annual return in March 2018 with a graph declaring it cleared no land on the Carmichael mine site, north-west of Clermont, in 2017-18. The DES alleged it became aware of the offence six months later. It alleged Adani knew or ought reasonably to have known the document was false or misleading because it had planned and carried out land clearing before and during the reporting period. On September 6, 2018, conservation group Coast and Country raised land clearing allegations with the State Government, citing satellite imagery. State and federal environment department officials then inspected the site within days. Almost two weeks later, Adani amended its return to declare a total of 132 hectares cleared, including 5.8 hectares in the reporting period.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 07 Feb 2020
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