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Carmichael mine will be self-financed, says Adani Mining CEO Lucas Dow

By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 30 November: The controversial Carmichael coal mine and rail project in Queensland will be 100% financed through the Adani Group’s resources, Adani Mining CEO Lucas Dow announced yesterday in Central Queensland.

The project has faced fierce opposition from environmental groups who claim carbon emissions from the mine will badly hurt the nearby iconic Great Barrier Reef, already facing destruction from global warming.

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Adani Australia CEO Lucas Dow. Photo: Adani Mining Twitter

In an Adani Mining media release, Dow says, “We have already invested $3.3 billion in Adani’s Australian businesses, which is a clear demonstration of our capacity to deliver a financing solution for the revised scope of the mine and rail project.

“The project stacks up both environmentally and financially.
“Today’s announcement removes any doubt as to the project stacking up financially,” he says.

The media release claims, “The Carmichael Project will deliver more than 1,500 direct jobs on the mine and rail projects during the initial ramp-up and construction phase, and will support thousands more indirect jobs, all of which will benefit regional Queensland communities.”

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Photo: Greenpeace Australia

Meanwhile, in a media release, the Wangan & Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council says, “‘They don’t have our consent, they can’t build their mine.

“We demand a guarantee from the Queensland Government they won’t now extinguish our native title for Adani. Queensland Labor has said they recognize that the registration of the Adani ILUA is contested and they acknowledge and respect our right to have our complaints considered and determined by a court.

“We have an appeal before the full bench of the Federal Court. To act before this concludes would be to deny our rights and open the way for a grave injustice. Without our consent, the mine is not ready to proceed”.

There has sprung a strong lobby group against the mine. Their concerns are the damaging impact of the mine on the Great Barrier Reef, on groundwater at the site, greenhouse emissions, and extinction of already endangered species. Mackay Conservation Group has already won its legal challenge on the last issue.

Adani’s Abbot Point Coal Terminal faces residents legal challenge

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Photo: ABC News 24

By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 24 June:
In Australia today, Queensland community group, Whitsunday Residents Against Dumping, which aims to protect the Great Barrier Reef from damage, is asking the QLD Supreme Court to scrutinise whether the QLD Department of Environment properly considered legislative tests when granting authority for Adani’s controversial Abbot Point Terminal 0 expansion to go ahead.

The first directions hearing is taking place in the Queensland Supreme Court.

Local grandmother, former tourism worker and spokesperson for Whitsunday Residents Against Dumping, Sandra Williams said, “Australia’s precious Great Barrier Reef is already in poor health, and Indian coal company Adani’s controversial port project, which will cause irreparable damage, has raised significant concern in our community.

“We believe the approval of Adani’s port proposal was unlawful and, long with many thousands of Australians, we feel that it is wrong to damage the glorious Great Barrier Reef to build a port for an unviable foreign owned coal mine that nobody wants or needs.

“Residents in our group have never taken legal action before, but we were forced to because of our worry that the approval of the port expansion, which will require damaging dredging and see hundreds of extra ships through the Reef each year, was not lawful.

“There is a question mark over whether the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection properly assessed the project, as required by law, before it gave this billion dollar proposal the green light.

“It is critically important that the decision, which has such grave implications for the Great Barrier Reef, is properly scrutinised.

“Both state and federal governments in Australia are allowing fossil fuel companies to expand the port, for a coal project that will decimate the Reef and its glorious corals, and threaten marine life, including endangered snubfin dolphins, turtles and giant manta rays.

“We should not have to take this project to court, but an independent review will help ensure proper scrutiny of the decision-making process.

“Our community group believes the law should be followed to the letter when permitting a project that will ship through our vulnerable Reef millions of tonnes of coal which, once burnt, will fuel climate change and cause continued coral bleaching events,,” Ms Williams said.

The Port of Abbot Point is located in north east Australia, and its boundaries extend into the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

In 2011 Indian company Adani Australia paid the Queensland government $1.8 billion for a 99-year lease of the Terminal 1 coal export facility at Abbot Point, and now the company is planning to develop a new T0 terminal beside the existing facility, to increase the Port’s coal export capacity by up to 70 Mt per annum.

Adani plans to use the new terminal to export coal from its proposed Carmichael mega-mine and other new mines in Australia’s Galilee Basin, 400kms inland.

The expansion of T0 will involve the onshore construction of rail in-loading facilities, coal handling and a doubling of the stockpile area. The coal stockpiles will be located less than 50m from important Aboriginal heritage sites, and coal dust will drift onto the wetlands and marine waters.

The expansion will involve dredging 1.1 million cubic metres of seabed at Abbot Point, and dumping it on port land right next to the delicate Caley Valley wetlands.

Federal government approval of the port expansion was granted in December 2013, and Queensland state government approval in April 2016.

Adani’s operations in Australia are currently subject to three court challenges by environment groups, two by Indigenous groups and Adani itself it involved in at least nine commercial litigation cases.

- SAT News Service.

Queensland support for Adani coal mine hypocrisy : Greenpeace

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By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 16 March: The Queensland Parliament’s support (on 15 March) for the approval of Adani’s $21.7 billion Carmichael Coal project has come under attack from the Greenpeace. It is ‘utterly irresponsible’ and ‘grossly hypocritical’ two days after saying coral bleaching is worsening in the Great Barrier Reef, the Greenpeace says.

The state Development and Natural Resources and Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said the House agreed a motion that all State Government approvals be provided to help create jobs in North and Central Queensland.

Government and Opposition speakers, including Dr. Lynham and Treasurer Curtis Pitt, told the Parliament that the project potentially offered thousands of jobs and much-needed economic development.

“It’s unbelievable. The Great Barrier Reef is Queensland’s most precious environmental asset. It is unique, it’s delicate, and it is at grave risk from climate change, as we are seeing right now with coral bleaching,” said Shani Tager, Greenpeace Australia Pacific reef campaigner.

“Instead of offering words of support for the coal industry under the banner of creating potential jobs, the Queensland government needs to protect the Great Barrier Reef, which provides jobs for more than 69,000 people already.

“Allowing any new coal mines will worsen the threat to the reef, and is incredibly hypocritical, given the Queensland government’s continued promises to UNESCO that it will protect this World Heritage icon. Instead of wasting their time with empty statements of support for the coal industry, the Queensland government should be working to transition to clean energy and sustainable jobs.”

“Jobs associated with Carmichael have been grossly overstated, as the Land Court heard. There are no sustainable jobs in coal.

“The Queensland Government seems to have forgotten that coal creates carbon emissions. If the Carmichael mine, the biggest proposed coal mine in Australia, gets built, the coal will be burnt overseas, driving climate change, warming our oceans and contributing to coral bleaching.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s burnt in India, in Korea or Australia. Climate change is a global problem and exporting the coal makes it our problem when the future of the Great Barrier Reef is at stake,” said Ms Tager.

“The Carmichael project is in financial disarray, coal is in structural decline, and the mine still faces legal challenges.”

If it ever got to full production, the 28,000ha Carmichael coal mine would put 121 million tonnes of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere each year and ship 60 million tonnes of coal directly through the heart of the Reef, a Greenpeace media release says.

- SAT News Service

Adani to invest in Australian Solar projects

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By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 12 February: After the delayed Carmichael Coal mine project in Queensland, facing environmental and indigenous opposition, Indian mining giant Adani has announced plans to invest in Solar projects in Australia. The announcement came during the visit of Indian Energy Minister Piyush Goyal’s visit to attend the 3rd India-Australia Energy dialogue.

Fairfax media has quoted Minister Pyush Goyal as warning Indian investment in Australia could be deterred if obstacles to the giant Adani Enterprises coal project in the Galilee basin are not overcome.

Despite the warning Adani Australia in a move to balance environmental opposition to the Coal project announced plans for Solar investments in Queensland and South Australia.

In a statement, Adani Australia says the proposed investments in Solar generation “…would be in addition to, not in lieu of, the company’s existing and planned further investments in the mine at Carmichael, the North Galilee Basin Rail, the port at Abbot Point and the port’s expansion.

If and when these opportunities come to fruition, Adani will update the market on the value, scope and nature of these investments.”

“The company’s planned investments in Australia would leverage this expertise, as well as the company’s focus on photovoltaic manufacturing opportunities, which would provide valuable export and employment opportunities in India at the same time as Adani’s existing investments in Queensland provide substantial employment and export opportunities, the statement says.

‘Reject Adani’s Coal mine’ demand after Zambia cover-up

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AUSTRALIA’S ENVIRONMENT MINISTER GREG HUNT MUST REJECT ADANI’S COAL MINE AFTER POLLUTION DISASTER COVER-UP IN ZAMBIA

Melbourne 10 December, 2015 : GetUp! has today said Environment Minister Greg Hunt must immediately reject Adani’s disastrous coal mine and port expansion at Abbot Point, after revelations of failure by its executive to disclose previous environmental disasters, including a massive one in Zambia.

Campaigns Director Sam Regester said just yesterday Adani had been calling for the government to put them above the law to fast-track their mega-mine.

“Adani’s CEO Jeyakumar Janakaraj was specifically asked to disclose this information. It is an offence to withhold it.

“This is not a small breach. This was a pollution disaster that rocked Zambia.

“The government needs to demand more. Not only have they failed to obtain the most basic of information, we’ve seen members of the government acting as Adani’s cheerleaders.

“The government has been parroting the lines of the company, including their inflated job figures and the dangerous suggestion that this expensive, polluting coal will somehow assist people in India.

“Well, there’s hundreds of thousands of people in Zambia whose river was poisoned and whose crops were devastated who could probably do with some assistance.

“We’ve heard members of the LNP say they are satisfied that our environmental laws would ensure similar disasters wouldn’t happen here. But we’re not even checking people’s record to see what they’ve done in the past. We’re cheering these dangerous and reckless companies on instead.

“Australians can now see clearly the risks this company presents if we allow them to mine and burn coal, dredge the Reef’s waters and allow hundreds more coal ships through the Reef.

“We just can’t trust Adani when they withhold the truth about the massive environmental disasters their executives have overseen,” said Mr Regester.

GetUp! members have made over 20,000 submissions to EIS processes for the Carmichael mine, and over 15,000 have chipped in to fund legal action against Adani, says a media release.
– 10 December.