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‘The satellite and aerial imagery clearly show Adani has once again breached its environmental approval, committing offences under Queensland law’, said Derec Davies of Coast and Country a Queensland based natural resource management company.

‘In late March 2019 Adani started clearing vegetation in potential Black-throated Finch habitat. They bulldozed roughly 27,000 square metres of vegetation prior to approval. Adani then posted the illegal act on Facebook.

Adani illegal water bore site DWB30 at the Carmichael Coal Mine, Galilee Basin. Photo Coast and Country.

Mr Davies says that Adani has disturbed the mine site without approval, clearing trees and vegetation which includes potential black-throated finch habitat to create: nine significant sites for drill pads, three larger sites which could be used for automated drilling machines, and eight new mine site roads.

Adani received approval for the black-throated finch management plan on Friday May 31 which allows them to proceed with stage one work at the site. However, the work they have been carrying out is part of stage two which cannot legally be initiated before receiving approval for the ground water management plan from the Queensland government.

‘This is part of a pattern of non-compliance at the mine site and at other locations operated by Adani, including at its Abbot Point Port. It appears Adani is a repeat offender and can’t be trusted to protect Queensland water and natural environment’, said Mr Davies.

‘It is time for Queensland environment minister Enoch to put the breaks on Adani. Fast tracking the Adani coal mine approval is not good for Queensland, and it undermines the integrity and separation of the public service.

‘This is the second breach of environmental law in 12 months, and should provide the Queensland government with significant cause for concern. Coast and Country calls on the Department of Environment and Science to investigate this issue, and to execute an enforcement action to limit further environmental harm. Adani, just like any other company or resident of Queensland, must comply with Queensland laws.’

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  1. I’ve not ever seen or heard so many gutless Aussie
    politicians. Are they ‘mates’ with Adani? Or just not
    [as is said] ‘the full quid’? Stage 2 is illegal – LNP, &
    let’s not forget Labor. Grow up & do what it is you
    are paid to do. Adani’s Non-Compliance is a spit in
    the face of ALL Australians. Does the Labor QLD.
    Premier give a damn… it’s obvious she doesn’t &
    hasn’t from day one. Is it any wonder Adani’s a
    spoiled brat & deserves to be sent home? But
    that won’t happen & he knows it. 8 new roads!
    9 sites cleared for drill pads! 3 larger sites for
    automated drilling machines! And the beat
    goes on. Our pollies are treating the people
    who employ them ‘like fodder’. Why is it that
    none of the above surprises me…

  2. I haven’t seen too many people realise that Adani doesn’t want the coal. They want the water. A country with 26 million who generates 3% of the worlds greenhouse gases, selling coal to a country with 2.8 billion people who generate 35% of the worlds greenhouse gases? Hardly an ideal business plan. BUT, in a few short years, drinkable water will become one of the worlds most expensive commodities.

  3. What a surprise that a criminal corporation keeps committing crimes! Gee whizz.
    Even more surprising that corrupt Labor and/or COALition governments aid and abet the crimes. Gee golly whizz.
    What do you bloody well expect, Australia?


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