Adani’s Carmichael Coal Mine now has all necessary federal government approvals to proceed after Environment Minister Melissa Price today granted approval on Adani’s groundwater management plans.
With approval from the federal government, the only thing standing in Adani’s way is the Queensland Government, which has stalled on environmental approvals for the project.
The decision from Ms Price comes after pressure from select Queensland Coalition counterparts to get the project over the line before the federal election next month.
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Environmental activists say Adani’s mine will suck out at least 270 billion litres of water over its lifetime, draining rivers, ancient springs and aquifers of the Great Artesian Basin.
In a statement, Ms Price said CSIRO and Geoscience Australia “have confirmed the revised plans meet strict scientific requirements”.
“Following this independent assessment and the Department of Environment and Energy’s recommendation for approval, I have accepted the scientific advice and therefore approved the groundwater management plans,” she said.
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