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Adani Deal Could Break Ice For 6 More Proposed Galilee Basin Mines - Resources Body

Coal News - Published on Mon, 17 Jun 2019

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ABC reported that a decision on the Adani groundwater management plan is set down with environmentalists saying if the Queensland Government gives the green light it will set a precedent for six other mines also planned for the region and allow Adani to break ground within weeks. The Queensland Resources Council said the other projects would have a "much easier run" if the rail line was already established and the environmental approvals had been cleared. QRC chief executive Mr Ian Macfarlane said that ÔÇťAdani is actually the ice-breaker that will lay down those baselines and will provide the infrastructure. What's going to happen with the groundwater application and its potential approval is that any further applicants will have not only the infrastructure to get the coal out because the railway line will be there."

Mr Macfarlane said that "They'll also have a baseline of where they can work from in terms of both the black-throated finch, the groundwater and then thirdly, the general environmental conditions they have to adhere to as part of opening a new basin. So the proponents coming behind it, quite frankly, will have a much easier run than Adani. The first proponent always has the most difficult run."

In a statement, a Department of Environment and Science spokesperson said each mining application was subject to a rigorous assessment and approval, or otherwise, of one mine does not necessarily impact on the approval, or otherwise, of others.

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Mon, 17 Jun 2019
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