Today’s decision in the Queensland Land Court’s decision to progress the approval of Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin, has been warmly welcomed by the State Opposition and the Queensland Resources Council alike.
The Court today rejected a challenge by green activist group, Coast and Country and according to Shadow State Development and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps it’s a common sense decision and a step in the right direction.
The environmental group sought to have the project blocked because of likely impacts on groundwater, climate change and the impact on black throated finches.
Mr Cripps says today’s recommendation by the Land Court reinforces the glaringly obvious problem the resources sector faces in Queensland.
“There must be reasonable and practical limits placed on this abuse of the legal system, with challenges based on ideology rather than fact.”
Mr Cripps says the Minister for State Development and Mines, Anthony Lynham, earlier this year tore down some of the LNP’s green and red tape reduction initiatives to limit frivolous and vexatious objections to resource projects.
Resources Council CEO Michael Roche says today’s decision clearly shows the groups claims were unfounded.
“The judgement is a comprehensive rejection of the activist arguments against this huge job generating project.”
The project however is facing another legal challenge in the federal Court by the Australian Conservation Foundation.