ACF appeals Adani’s Carmichael coal mine ruling

19 September 2016 (Last Updated September 19th, 2016 18:30)

Adani's Carmichael coal mine is facing another setback after the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) lodged an appeal against the Federal Court's decision that found the approval lawful.

Adani’s Carmichael coal mine is facing another setback after the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) lodged an appeal against the Federal Court's decision that found the approval lawful.

ACF disputes the argument made by Australia Environment Minister Greg Hunt in court that the burning of coal from the mine will not have an impact on climate change and the Great Barrier Reef.

Last month, ACF’s application to block the coal mine from proceeding was dismissed by the Federal Court.

ACF president Geoff Cousins said: "This is a profound moment in the history of protecting Australia’s environment, as we attempt to stop a coal mine that would create 4.6 billion tonnes of climate pollution if it is allowed to proceed.

"This is a profound moment in the history of protecting Australia’s environment."

"Australia’s system of environment laws is broken if it allows the Federal Environment Minister to approve a mega-polluting coal mine, the biggest in Australia’s history, and claim it will have no impact on the global warming and the reef."

Cousins claimed that the Carmichael proposal by Adani would ensure decades of pollution and threaten the reef.

Mining at the proposed Carmichael thermal coal mine in the north of the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland, Australia, is planned to be performed using open-cut and underground methods.

Commenting on ACF’s appeal, Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche said: "This is just one in a long line of anti-coal activists’ attempts to delay jobs and economic growth to Queensland, while pretending that a refusal to supply our coal will mean that countries like India will not simply source their coal from elsewhere.  

"Once again, the ACF is using the taxpayer-funded Environmental Defenders Office to put forward its fallacious argument that stopping a single coal mine in central Queensland will influence the level of global emissions."