Tag: Adani Coal mine

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.

Protest at Adani HQ in Townsville, 4 arrested

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Photo: Frontline Action on Coal

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 14 November: Fifteen people today occupyed the Adani Australia Headquarters in Townsville, including five people who locked themselves together to stage a peaceful sit-in. Graeme, Robert, Ioan, Anne and Kay, who are locked on, are all from Queensland, sent a clear message during the state election that Queenslanders oppose this development.Four of the protesters were later arrested, says an update from the Frontline Action For Coal.

Graeme Sharp, one of the people locked on, is a retired engineer in the mining industry, and says “We have to accept from a world perspective that coal and oil are no longer the answer to our electricity and transport needs. Renewable electricity is cheaper and practical and can power electric vehicles. We have to do this for our children. ”

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Photo: Frontline Action on Coal

Protest against Adani has been amplifying across Australia, including on the ground at the construction site.

Polls have shown that two-thirds of Queenslanders oppose taxpayer money funding the Adani railway. Adani is a key focus of the Queensland election, with Palaszczuk already backflipping and promising to veto the $1 billion loan to Adani to build the rail. LNP have sustained their backing of the project, including a push to develop a dam at Urannah, which would supply water to the mine.

Dr Robert Chataway, also locked on, is an agricultural scientist with Department of Natural Resources, working on the reef management plan. “I was really pleased when Labor was elected on the promise to protect the reef at the last election.” Says Robert. “The approval of the mine now undermines our whole work to manage reef catchments and sediment”.

Adani’s mine a disaster for the Great Barrier Reef: Peter Garrett

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE,24 October: Former Environment Minister and rock music icon Peter Garrett, in a prestigious National Press Club address in Canberra today, has criticised Australian governments for supporting Adani’s coal mine which he says will accelerate climate change and threaten the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.

Mr Garrett was Federal Environment Minister for the Labor Government from 2007-2010 and Cabinet Minister from 2007-13. A member of the Order of Australia for contributions to the music industry and environment, Mr. Garrett is a lead singer of Midnight Oil, one of Australia’s most successful bands.

Mr. Garrett’s speech condemns the proposed AU$1 billion loan of public money to Mr. Adani’s project, for a mine which he notes is opposed by the indigenous people, will take vast amounts of water from Australian farmers and put the Great Barrier Reef and jobs which rely on the Reef at risk.

On the growing public push in Australia to stop the coal mine going ahead, Mr. Garrett said, “The Stop Adani campaign, the fourth major fight to save the Reef, is a defining moment that must be won if we are to have any hope of preserving a safe climate and the Reef.”

Mr. Garrett pledged that his world famous rock band, Midnight Oil, will support Australians rallying to oppose the project.

The Australian Marine Conservation Society’s Fight for Our Reef Campaign Director Imogen Zethoven said most Australians believe the state of the Great Barrier Reef is a national emergency. They want governments to reduce carbon pollution and invest more public money in clean energy sources like solar and wind.

“Our Great Barrier Reef has already suffered two back-to-back bleaching events driven by climate change. As a result, half of all the Reef’s shallow water corals bleached and died.

“Any threat to the Reef is also a threat to the 64,000 workers who depend on a healthy Reef for their livelihoods, not to mention the $6 billion it generates every year for the Australian economy,” Ms. Zethoven said.

Protesters block road to Adani’s Abbot coal port

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Photo: Front Line Action

By SAT News Desk

Bowen, 17th October: Several upstanding members of the community will today appear in the Bowen Magistrates Court after they peacefully blocked the road into Adani’s Abbot Point coal port, as part of a growing community campaign to stop Adani building their mega coal mine in Central Queensland.

The community members are facing charges of trespass for the peaceful action they took to protect communities from Adani’s climate and Reef-wrecking coal mine.

Recent polling indicates that the majority of Australians do not support Adani’s mine. Despite this, the Queensland and Federal Governments are gearing up to hand Adani a $1 billion taxpayer-subsidized loan.

VIDEO: The Australian Govt’s plan for the Great Barrier #Reef is a sham: Greenpeace

Source: #GreenpeaceAP