Fifteen protestors have this morning delayed work on the Haughton River Floodplain upgrade on the Bruce Highway, demanding that project contractor BMD cuts ties with Adani’s Carmichael coal mine.
The group blocked access to workers entering the site just south of Townsville at 6am, following the announcement this week that BMD had confirmed its contract on Adani’s rail line.
A spokesperson for the group, Andrea Valenzuela, said a leaked internal company email suggested that BMD was expecting public backlash over their involvement with the mine.
‘They are right to expect that because no company has a right to profit from a climate emergency,’ Ms Valenzuela said.
‘Every climate crime has global repercussions, but only a select few will be reaping the so-called ‘benefits’.
On its website, BMD says its ‘goal for each project is to leave a minimum impact on the environment’.
Ms Valenzuela said the company had shown their claims of environmental credibility to be ‘nothing more than hot air’.
‘They say this project will generate jobs, but in the face of the climate crisis, work that openly rejects scientific warnings about the effects of more coal mines is not constructive.
‘Work that compromises existing industries, undermining jobs in agriculture and with the Great Barrier Reef, is not true development. BMD’s business model is the destruction of our climate.
‘BMD’s slogan is “we see things differently”. We urge them to look at our planet and see more than just dollar signs.’
Meanwhile, at the Abbott Point, a protester crawled under a live, operating ship-loading conveyor belt in a bid to stop the project.
Three others locked themselves on to unloading equipment.
The CEO of Abbot Point Operations, Dwayne Freeman, described the protestors as ‘climate extremists’.
‘These individuals have no knowledge of a heavy industrial site like ours and this sort of protest activity brings a high risk that someone will be seriously injured or killed as a result of their dangerous actions,’ Mr Freeman said.