13 May 2019
MCG Calls for Scientific Review of Adani’s Groundwater Plans
The Mackay Conservation Group (MCG) says scientists should be asked further questions about Adani’s groundwater plans as a necessary precaution for the protection of essential groundwater resources, including the Great Artesian Basin and the Doongmabulla Springs.
The Federal Government approved the groundwater plan for Adani’s coal project in controversial circumstances days before the announcement of the Federal election and with serious questions raised about potential political interference.
MCG Community Organiser, Michael Kane, said groundwater resources are the lifeblood of Queensland farming, regional communities and the environment and too valuable to risk for a massive coal mine.
“Adani has an appalling track record when it comes to water protection, including unlawful release of coal-contaminated water into the protected Caley Valley Wetlands and Great Barrier Reef waters from its Abbot Point port operations.
“Their coal mine does not stack up when you consider the risk to groundwater resources and climate change,” he said.
“Water is essential for life and these resources deserve the strongest protection, rather than gambling on Adani shonky water plans.
“At this stage nobody knows what the Adani mine's impact on water resources. It risks damaging recharge aquifers for the Great Artesian Basin, which humans and nature depends upon.
“Adani are having yet another public dummy spit because the government is simply demanding that it complies with Queensland law and won’t permanently damage the Great Artesian Basin.
“Our choice is clear. We can take a precautionary approach now and prioritise our water resources or risk nationally significant water resources and accelerate dangerous climate change,” Mr Kane said.
Michael Kane is available for interview on 0438 766 230