Adani's Carmichael coal mine gets all-clear from Federal Government

Adani's Carmichael coal mine gets all-clear from Federal Government

After days of threats and protest by Queensland Coalition MPs, federal Environment Minister Melissa Price announced on Tuesday the final approval relating to the mine's impact on groundwater.

"We welcome the Minister for the Environment's approval of the groundwater management plans for the Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Infrastructure project", said Adani Mining's CEO Lucas Dow.

She says CSIRO and Geoscience Australia believe the Indian company's revised plans for the way it manages groundwater resources meet scientific requirements.

"The Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems Management Plan and the Groundwater Management and Monitoring Plan detail all the activities we will undertake and safeguards we will implement to ensure that we meet the approval conditions for the mine relating to groundwater".

"But it has to be done properly and so the Minster sent this for independent assessment by the CSIRO and GeoScience Australia".

The Morrison government has ticked off on the groundwater management plan for the proposed Adani coal mine, an important but not a final step for the central Queensland project receiving the go-ahead.

However, Price reiterated it will ultimately be up to the Queensland pollies to greenlight nine remaining environmental plans.

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Her decision comes weeks out from a federal election and follows reports she was under pressure from colleagues to approve the plans before the poll. "We are not interested in sovereign risk".

Capricornia candidate Wade Rothery said the $2billion dollar rail investment would generate enormous earnings of up to $1billion dollars each year once Adani and other Galilee Basin mines were at full production.

Ms Landry stressed the decision does not mean everything is now signed off and said it was now back to the State Government (see above).

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten suggested the approval was suspect, saying "maybe the government's chose to rush the decision out on Adani so they don't have to talk about a bigger problem that they have created on their own".

It will tell residents it wants the Queensland government to get the project up and going so it can deliver thousands of jobs.

Queensland Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch has already flagged her own concerns with the project, and the most recent approvals from the Federal Government.

Labor leader Bill Shorten said in government he would be guided by the "best science and the law of the land" on the Adani approvals, but no taxpayer money would go to the project.

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