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Landmark case looming over Adani and the Great Barrier Reef

Michael Slezak reports in The Guardian (10.4.16): ‘A court case set to begin next month, will pit the Great Barrier Reef against a coalmine. In some ways the battle is entirely new and, in others, merely the next logical step in a 50-year fight. The Australian Conservation Foundation will take the federal environment minister to the federal court, challenging his approval of the Indian company Adani’s enormous Carmichael mine in Queensland. They are alleging he failed to consider the impact the burning of the coal from the mine could have on the reef. It is a landmark case. If the ACF wins, and the mine’s approval is overturned, it would be the first time courts have ruled that the emissions released when coal from a development is burned are a relevant impact under the key piece of federal environmental legislation – the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

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