The Grapevine: Adani gets Commonwealth Tick of Approval but What Does this Mean for Climate Change?
Friends of the Earth campaigner Cam Walker joins The Grapevine to discuss the latest developments concerning the Adani coalmine. Right before the federal election was called, Environment Minister Melissa Price signed off an approval for the coalmine to go ahead. Says Cam, ‘They should’ve waited. This is a major project and it’s been subject to so many investigations and it’s so controversial. Clearly it was a political decision.’
The project entails the development of a massive coalmine in the North Galilee Basin in central Queensland. It was proposed by Adani Mining and is expected to cost around 16.5 billion dollars. The mine will have massive impacts on the Great Barrier Reef due to exports, with the possibility of up to five hundred additional ships passing through each year.
Regarding political pressures faced by the coalition, Cam says, ‘Clearly Melissa Price […] was compelled to act because the Liberal National Party in north and central Queensland really wants to hang onto the seats they currently hold and they see supporting the Adani mine as their way to achieve that.’
Although Adani has now gained Commonwealth approval, concerns over groundwater usage as well as conservation for the endangered Black-Throated Finch are some of the significant hurdles standing in the way of the coal mine’s future development.