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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’.

Adani appeal

‘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.


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  1. There are several factors in this story which are important and which have impacts. One is the illegality of Adani drilling without a permit, 2 is stealing water from our Artesian Basin in drought time, 3 is the impact on the Great Barrier Reef to which the mine is adjacent, and 4 is the carbon pollution. Are there any more reasons we need to justify kicking this mine and its owner out of our country?

    • I’ve got my ‘Adani No Means N o T-Shirt’ and with every new revelation about Adani’s practices I’m saying to myself that my ‘Adani No Means No T-Shirt’ is one of the best investments that I’ve ever made. Adrian and his W&J people have been right all along. On the other hand the politicians at Federal and State level that have at every step allowed Adani in should be investigated….something stinks!

  2. We do NOT need any more reasons to kick the mine & the owner out of Oz.
    We’re now waiting on the Queensland Premier’s government to take the stand
    it should have taken long ago. We pay them to be honestly vigilant.

  3. I agree with Maree, Adani and its owners should definitely be kicked out of Australia and pay a heavy fine for drilling bores into the Artesian basin while the north is in drought, disgusting they have no regard for our country at all. Get them out.

  4. If a Labor Gov cannot see good reason to stop this mine then maybe we need to send a message to the labor Gov through federal avenues. If they want to win then maybe the federal government should have a chat with there counter parts.

  5. This is outrageous. I can’t crap in a compost toilet without permission! We need these corrupt phoneys who tolerate this criminal vandalism out of government now! It’s time for courageous leadership and sane policy in this country. Down with Adani. You must go. This whole think stank from the beginning.

  6. That grinning fat bastard, Adani, has to go. He’s proven time and time again that he can’t be trusted in our country.
    If he gets the chance, he’ll just continue to shit all over us, and that mega mine he wants, will be an enviromental disaster just waiting to happen, a disaster that the Great Barrier Reef would never recover from.

  7. Can this really be happening in modern day Australia? Imagine the population’s rage and the sense of injustice if, after flouting so many of our laws Adani do get to build the world’s biggest coal mine, adjacent to our embattled reef and at this most critical time in the fight for a stable climate. Ofcourse they should have their ‘suitable operator’ status revoked and be kicked out of the country. Furthermore, in the face of all this, the political supporters of Adani should be investigated for criminal negligence, corruption and treason. Their only defence is the jobs argument – a complete fabrication. The coal transports are fully mechanised and the small number of operators have to just sit there for long shifts – usually drugged to the eyeballs to relieve the boredom – becoming zombies while trashing any hope we have for a safe clean future. Are they really the sorts of jobs we want to create? Or should the conversation turn to “what are the right sort of jobs we need” Stop Adani – at all costs. The ramifications of this mine are enormous.


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