Indian-owned mining corporation Adani, which just this week was fined by the Queensland Government over its massive spillage of coal laden water into the Great Barrier Marine Park, has been caught flouting environmental laws again.
This time the company has been found to be drilling bores into the Great Artesian Basin at the site of what would be the largest coal mine in the word, without permission and in the middle of a drought.
GetUp Environment Campaigner Sam Regester said Adani had been ‘caught red-handed lying to the Queensland Government about its environmental vandalism and must stop drilling immediately’.
‘Adani has broken the law. The Queensland Government needs to urgently make Adani stop their illegal work then prosecute the company.
‘At every step of this disastrous Carmichael mine proposal Adani have shown they will always do the wrong thing and can’t be trusted.
Water supply in jeopardy
‘Adani is putting our precious water supply in jeopardy at a time when 57 per cent of Queensland is in drought’
‘The Queensland Government have been lied to. Adani has broken the law. It must pay the price, be prosecuted, and have its ‘Suitable Operator’ status immediately revoked,’ Mr Regester
Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) is also calling on the Queensland Government to ‘prosecute Adani for any illegal activities it is found to have undertaken at the mine site’.
‘Last week the Qld Department of Environment and Science prosecuted Abbot Point Bulkcoal which is owned by Adani for spilling 800 per cent more coal-laden water into Great Barrier Reef during Cyclone Debbie than was allowed under their licence,’ spokeswoman Imogen Zethoven said.
‘Adani is appealing another decision by the department to require the company to undertake an environmental investigation into the causes and impacts of the release of coal-laden water into the nationally important Caley Valley wetland.
‘The Queensland government needs to throw the book at Adani to teach them a lesson that the company can’t get away with breaking the rules.’
‘Adani’s Carmichael coal mine is a clear and present danger to our beautiful Great Barrier Reef. Mining and burning coal from this massive new mine would release billions of tonnes of carbon pollution over its lifetime when we need to be turning down the heat on our vulnerable oceans and Reef,’ Ms Zethoven said.