Australian news, and some related international items

Adani doesn’t want a “Mega-Mine” any more

Adani chief rues original plans for ‘mega-mine’  Brisbane Times, By Nick Bonyhady, February 7, 2019     The chief executive of major coal miner Adani says he rues the way the company’s controversial Carmichael coal mine was originally announced as a 60 million tonne mega-mine in 2010 before being scaled down to a 10 million tonne project last year……..

The project is awaiting state and federal sign-off on two environmental management plans but it now looks more certain after shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said Labor would not block the mine if it wins office at the federal election due by May.
Mr Dow also said Adani had received support from the country’s largest construction union. …….

A CFMEU spokeswoman said their official had spoke about central Queensland and that the quote was not a reference to Adani specifically, but that the union supported resource jobs in the state. The Labor Party was contacted for comment.

Mr Dow named the Queensland seats of Flynn, Capricornia, Dawson and Herbert as federal electorates where the mine’s fate would be particularly influential in the election. But Mr Dow also lauded the Coalition for its support of the project, which he said was very nearly underway after being delayed for eight years.

A Queensland government investigation into whether the company breached bore water extraction requirements is ongoing, as is a Federal Court challenge to the validity of a meeting at which indigenous owners approved the company’s indigenous land use agreement.

Adani had sought hundreds of millions of dollars in government loans for the project but its applications were rejected after political pressure from environmental groups…….


February 8, 2019 - Posted by | climate change - global warming, Queensland

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