By SAT News Desk
MELBOURNE, 23 March 2020: The Frontline Action on Coal, Queensland has alleged Adani Mining Carmichael mine site is operating in “full swing, during a time Australian states are closing their borders, with many states advocating for only supermarkets and pharmacies to be open.”Employees of the mine who reach the mine site traveling long distances for work risk themselves and the local communities facing the COVID19 crisis.
A media release from the Frontline Action on Coal Emailed to SAT on Monday (23 March 2020) says, “Members of the public stated that they found the decision of Adani Australia to continue their operations amidst a global pandemic to be “risking the health and safety of employees as well as the local community”.
The media release further says: “Adani Australia employees and contractors travel hundreds of kilometers from around the country to get to the Carmichael site. Adani’s decision to continue operations has the potential to put remote and vulnerable communities as well as fellow workers in Central QLD at risk, with the spreading of COVID-19 a likely outcome.
Concerned citizens, who witnessed these operations, have stated that Adani was not following appropriate protocol. They noted that Adani employees were coming within two meters of them on a public road, even after they asked them to keep their distance.”
Frontline Action on Coal spokesperson Amy Booth states, “Camp Binbee has made the appropriate decision to encourage its supporters to engage in physical distancing, which includes not traveling to Camp Binbee. For Adani to continue encouraging it’s employees and contractors to travel great distances, in a region where COVID-19 is not yet prevalent, is dangerous, unsafe and is far from the necessary physical distancing which health officials are urging people to do.”