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‘Irreversible consequences’: Adani coalmine granted unlimited water access for 60 years

Helen Davidson reports in The Guardian (5.4.17) on environmental and legal groups, now fearing damaging impacts upon central Queensland groundwater resources, accusing the state government of giving Indian mining company Adani special treatment.

‘Adani’s controversial $21bn Carmichael coalmine has been granted an unlimited 60-year water licence in what environmental and legal groups say is another example of governments giving the company special treatment.

‘The associated water licence, signed by a Queensland government representative the day after Cyclone Debbie tore through the state’s north, allows Adani Mining to take water from or near the Betts Creek formation when removing or draining water from the mine.

‘The licence acknowledges this will “have an impact on the underground water levels in the region of the mine” both during and after the planned Carmichael coalmine’s years of operation.

‘“Certainly the severe implications are that if the groundwater is taken, then it’s not available for other more long-term or sustainable uses,” said Jo-Anne Bragg, the chief executive and solicitor at the Environment Defenders Office Queensland. “This would be an irreversible serious consequence of these enormous coalmines”.’

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