Adani’s giant Carmichael coal mine has received environmental approval from Queensland’s Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP), the latest regulatory win for the controversial project.
“The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection issues a final environmental authority (EA) for Adani’s Carmichael mine project on 2 February 2016 with approximately 140 conditions” the EHP said in a statement. The conditions include nine relating to the black throated finch, as had been required by a previous Land Court ruling.
“EHP is confident the strict conditions plants on the EA, including extra requirements based on the Land Court’s recommendations will ensure this mine will not pose an unacceptable rick to the environment and any potential impacts will be closely monitored,” the EHL concluded.
The Carmichael mine will be Australia’s largest coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin, as well as infrastructure links to a new export terminal at Abbott Point. The project cost is estimated to be around AUS$16 billion.
Adani recently confirmed its commitments to the project after media reports the Indian conglomerate had put the project on hold until coal prices increase.
Speaking to ABC, Adani Australia CEO, Jeyakumar Janakaraj said that “Adani is absolutely committed to proceeding with its investments in Queensland in line with its integrated pit-to-plug strategy.”
Edited by Jonathan Rowland.