Adani (Bravus) fined for destroying threatened species habitat

The black-throated finch is on the verge of extinction. Brian McCauley/flickr, CC BY-NC

Adani Mining has been fined $25,920 for clearing habitat of threatened species by the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

Adani breached Federal approval conditions under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act for failing to do required environment surveys before destroying habitat, and failed to revise the Species Management Plan as required. These surveys were also required for Queensland approval conditions, which may also have been breached, according to Stop Adani.

Peter McCallum from the Mackay Conservation Group said expert scientists said Adani’s “dodgy plans” for endangered species would drive them to extinction, and now the company is breaching its own “dodgy” plans.

“Adani has broken Australian laws again and cannot be trusted to protect threatened species or precious water. Earlier this year, Adani was found guilty of lying about land clearing to the Queensland Government,” Mr McCallum said.

“The Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley should order an independent audit of Adani’s activities in order to determine what other breaches have occurred, and consider revoking Adani’s federal approvals in order to protect Australia’s threatened species. We need to hold Adani accountable for breaking environmental laws.

Sheena Gillman, spokesperson for Protect The Bush Alliance said, “We are losing species across Queensland due to climate impacts, drought and loss of habitat for mining. 

“Adani’s illegal activity is shocking and proves they cannot be trusted. Governments must stringently enforce conditions placed on these large mining developments, or we will witness the demise of many species and the extinction of Black-throated Finch, which has already lost 88 per cent of its habitat.

“The remaining 12 per cent of Black-throated Finch habitat was in the Galilee Basin, right where Adani has been illegally clearing land for the Carmichael Mine.

“Australians don’t want to see more species become extinct on our watch.” 

With Adani Australia recently rebranding to Bravus Mining & Resources, a Bravus spokesperson said, “In the interest of full transparency, Bravus Mining & Resources issued a media statement on Friday, November 27, stating that it had notified the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment that is has paid $25,920 to the Department for compliance notices received earlier this month.

“Two minor compliance issues were raised by the Department in relation to a pre-clearance survey which had expired by 24 days, and an updated species management plan not being submitted within the three-month window required, following a pre-clearance survey.

“The compliance issues were a consequence of misinterpreting project condition reporting requirements. Bravus management has since provided additional internal training to ensure our understanding of the conditions aligns with the expectations of the Department.”

Bravus added that although other mining and construction companies may not make public statements regarding environmental notifications, it recognises the level of public interest in the Carmichael Project holds it to a higher standard, and therefore places significant importance on transparent communications around activities onsite.