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Carmichael reapproval risks threatened species, water, public funds

Only two months ago we won a Federal court challenge to the controversial Carmichael coal mine but Minister Hunt’s reapproval Poephila_cincta_-Baltimore_Aquarium__Baltimore__Maryland__USA-8a.jpgrisks threatened species, precious groundwater, the global climate and taxpayers’ money.

Minister Hunt has again failed the people of Australia by failing to address new evidence on the devastating impacts of what would be Australia’s largest coal mine.

Hunt’s new conditions do not adequately deal with the seriousness of the implications of this mine. Simply put, these impacts are very serious, and can’t be offset. The mine should have been refused.

We launched legal action in January 2015, challenging Minister Hunt’s approval of the Carmichael megamine on three grounds: that climate impacts were not considered, that Adani’s poor environmental record was ignored, and that the Minister failed to consider the impact of the mine on two vulnerable species.

With Adani’s job figures revealed to be fictitious and the global financial markets backing away from coal and towards renewables, the sensible decision from Minister Hunt would have been to reject this mine with all its unattractive baggage.

Minister Hunt is sacrificing threatened species such as the Black Throated Finch and precious groundwater resources for the sake of a mine that simply does not stack up economically.

The Black Throated Finch will be pushed to extinction if this mine goes ahead, and countless other species will suffer as precious groundwater springs are depleted of water by the Carmichael mine.

Adjacent landholders are also rightly concerned about the impacts on their property from the billions of litres of water that will be taken from precious groundwater resources.

The project has failed to find a single financial backer in the face of a depressed coal price and ongoing concerns about Adani’s poor environmental record.

Adani has repeatedly exaggerated the economic impacts of the mine and admitted in court that total jobs from the project, including short term constructions jobs, will be less than 1,500, a fifth of the 10,000 jobs the company originally promised.

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