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Adani gains groundwater approval at Carmichael coal mine

Adani Australia has received a go-ahead from Minister for the Environment Melissa Price for the groundwater management plans at its Carmichael coal mine and rail infrastructure project in the Galilee Basin, Queensland.

The Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem Management Plan (GDEMP) requires that Adani ensure the protection of the Doongmabulla Springs and animals that rely on the groundwater in the area surrounding the mine.

It is one of two outstanding management plans requiring the Queensland Government’s approval for Carmichael’s construction and mining to commence, according to Adani.

The last remaining management plan Adani still needs to secure concerns a local and protected bird species in the region, the black-throated finch.

However, Environment Minister Price said nine further environmental plans are yet to be finalised for Adani to commence construction. The Federal and Queensland Governments have only finalised or approved 16 of 25 environmental plans to date.

“This project has been subject to the most rigorous approval process of any mining project in Australia,” Price said.

“Approvals for the project by the Commonwealth in 2015 and the Queensland State Government in 2016 resulted in the setting of 180 strict conditions to protect the environment.” Read more…

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