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Adani coal development threatened by rare bird as “false and inaccurate”

Coal News - Published on Tue, 19 Feb 2019

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Australian Mining reported that Adani has labelled findings in a draft report that recommends against the Carmichael coal project in Queensland being developed because of its management plan for the rare black-throated finch bird as “false and inaccurate”. The draft, released last week, reportedly suggests that the Carmichael development should not proceed until the Indian company rewrites its plan to manage the bird, which lives on the proposed mine site.

An Adani spokesperson said false and inaccurate statements included sections that indirectly contradict advice from the Queensland Government. The statements even contained “unverified opinions regarding climate change and other projects in the Galilee Basin” that are outside the scope of the black-throated finch management plan, according to the company.

The spokesperson said in a statement that “The point of a management plan is to demonstrate how a business will meet the conditions of its Environmental Authority. This draft report has strayed so far beyond this requirement that the report is of no value. The draft report represents nothing more than a shopping list of ideas and suggestions that do not correspond with the Environmental Authority conditions or the relevant legislative framework. It also demonstrates the lack of capability of the panel to assess such a management plan, when they have no idea of its purpose in practice.”

However, the recommendations of the draft report are potentially the latest obstacle that Adani will need to overcome to begin the broader construction of the Carmichael operation. Adani launched roadworks for access to the Carmichael project despite delays in securing a key environmental approval from the state government last month.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 19 Feb 2019
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