Adani’s $16bn Australian Carmichael coal mine project faces another legal hurdle

27 April 2016 (Last Updated April 27th, 2016 18:30)

Adani Group's A$21.7bn ($16bn) Carmichael coal mine project in Australia is facing another setback after the Environmental Defenders Office Queensland (EDO Qld) filed a challenge against state approval.

Adani Group's A$21.7bn ($16bn) Carmichael coal mine project in Australia is facing another setback after the Environmental Defenders Office Queensland (EDO Qld) filed a challenge against state approval.

Recently, Queensland's government approved three individual mining leases for the project, estimated to contain 11 billion tonnes of thermal coal.

The news follows challenge by Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) representative group in the Federal Court of Australia regarding the leases issued to the company.

In February, the coal mine in Galilee Basin secured environmental permit from Queensland's Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

"Our client's case is that the decision by the Queensland Environment Department to issue an environmental authority to Adani for the Carmichael mine was not in compliance with the law."

EDO Qld CEO and solicitor Jo Bragg said: "On behalf of our community client, Land Services of Coast and Country, we have filed an application for judicial review of the decision to grant Adani Mining an Environmental Authority under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Qld) in the Queensland Supreme Court."

"Our client's case is that the decision by the Queensland Environment Department to issue an environmental authority to Adani for the Carmichael mine was not in compliance with the law.

"An examination of the department's reasons for making the decision has revealed the department failed to comply with Section 5 of the EP Act."

PTI reported Derec Davies of Coast and Country saying that the department failed in its obligations under the Environmental Protection Act and accused it of ignoring climate change completely.

Mining at the proposed Carmichael thermal coal mine is planned to be conducted by both open-cut and underground methods.

At peak capacity, the mine is expected to produce 60 million tonnes of coal per annum.