‘Adani’s proposed giant coal mine has cleared another hurdle with the federal government waiving the requirement for a full environmental assessment for a pipeline that will extract billions of litres of water from a river in drought-ravaged central Queensland.
‘The environment department said it would require only “preliminary documentation” for a 110-kilometre pipeline aimed in part at serving the Carmichael coal mine. The pipe would draw 12.5 billion litres a year from the Suttor River.
‘Environmental groups are angry Adani’s North Galilee Water Scheme can proceed without activating the so-called water trigger that requires a more thorough assessment of the impacts coal mines and coal seam gas projects have on water resources.
‘Aside from the pipeline, the scheme also involves “upgrading” a dam to increase capacity fourfold to 10 billion litres. Adani has said its project would also serve other mines such as the China Stone coal venture.
‘Carmel Flint, a campaigner for Lock the Gate Alliance, said it was “an absolute disgrace” the government had dropped requirements for a full environmental impact assessment [EIS] when much smaller projects had to compile them. These include the 19-kilometre Olive Downs pipeline involving similar threatened species as Adani’s.’