The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has announced today that it will be challenging the federal government’s approval of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in remote western Queensland.
The ACF is alleging that the minister may not have considered the effect of the mine’s carbon dioxide emissions on the Great Barrier Reef – or the mine’s potential impact on the Black Throated Finch.
If the mine does manage to get up, it will provide thousands of jobs, billions in taxation and export income over its predicted 60 year life, and provide the means to open up that part of Queensland to significant long-term economic development.
FreedomWatch warned last month that environmentalists had emailed supporters to say that they were going to run another case – as soon as they figured out who would do it and “who will play which roles”.
This is vexatious litigation pure and simple. The so-called right to object is being twisted into a self-declared right to obstruct.
The federal governments proposed amendments to federal environmental laws to only allow genuinely aggrieved people to appeal approvals must be revisited and passed as soon as possible.