Adani’s Carmichael coal mine has lost its battle against a Mackay conservation group which will now see the $16 billion mine grind to a halt due to the Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt not properly considering advice about two threatened species – the yakka skink and the ornamental snake.
The Mackay conservation group challenged the mine project earlier this year over the species.
Today’s court ruling has been consented to by all parties involved.
A statement from Adani says the company is committed to ensuring its mine, rail and port projects in Queensland are developed and operated in accordance with Commonwealth and State laws and regulations, including strict environmental conditions.
“Adani acknowledges the Federal Environment Minister has consented to remake the July 2014 environmental approval decision for the Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail project after a conservation group’s judicial review application,” the statement says.
“It is regrettable that a technical legal error from the Federal Environment Department has exposed the approval to an adverse decision.
“It should be noted the approval did include appropriate conditions to manage the species protection of the yakka skink and ornamental snake.
“However, we have been advised that, because certain documents were not presented by the Department in finalising the approval, it created a technical legal vulnerability that is better to address now.
“Adani will await the Minister and his department’s timely reconsideration of its approval application under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act.
“Adani is confident the conditions imposed on the existing approval are robust and appropriate once the technicality is addressed.
“Adani is in the fifth year of development and approvals and the need to finalise these approvals and timelines is critical so Adani and the community can realise the benefits associated with its investments to date including 10,000 jobs and $22 billion in taxes and royalties to be reinvested back into the community.
“For the past six to 12 months, Adani has maintained a level of investment and project timelines based on anticipated approvals timelines and milestones.
“As a result of changes to a range of approvals over that time it’s necessary our timelines and budget reflect those changes,” the statement says.