After months of Adani campaigning for start or stop, the coalmine will now be allow to proceed power following the unexpected success of the Coalition government in the federal election. Is there anything that could stop the construction of the coalmine?
Australia has a federal government system, but the states have their coal. The Adani mining license is issue by the Queensland Labor government. There are also indications that pressure is building in the state Labor party to get the final approvals pass.
Strategists argue that the Adani mine must be approve by the state government if they want to be reelect next year. Labor’s loss in Queensland could have been due to perceived delays in the approval process of the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.
Annastacia Palaszczuk, Queensland premier, has now appointed her coordinator general to oversee all approvals. She said in a press conference. I believe that the community is tire of the process. I know I am, and I know that my fellow members are, too.
The state government has not fulfilled its legal obligation to ensure that the coalmine has a plan in place to manage environmental issues. Two controversial environmental plans were approve by the federal government before the election. They are the groundwater management plan (and the finch management program). Now, the Queensland Labor government must give its approval.
It’s Not A Delay Tactic, It’s A Legal Obligation
Except for matters of national significance, the federal government has no jurisdiction over state resources. Adani is an example of such a project. The mine would destroy the habitat of endangered species and have a significant impact on vital underground water resources.
This meant that the federal government had to refer the project. This referral made to ensure that the environmental assessment process did not cause irreparable harm to the environment. In a bilateral agreement, the federal government authorizes the state to perform an environmental assessment. This framework has been the basis of the Adani project since its inception.
This is our rule-of-law, one that’s in public interest. Any suggestion that the Queensland government used delay tactics to avoid carrying out their critical legal responsibilities is false and misses the fundamental legal obligations that underlie this process.
Two More Approvals Are Available Power
Two approvals are require to satisfy the environmental conditions. The groundwater environmental management planning and the black-throated finch management plan. Black-throated finch, Adani’s management plan for black-throat finch was reject by the Queensland government last month. The plan was not a management plan.
If the habitat of the finch is destroyed by the coalmine then it’s important to describe how the endangered species will relocate and how that relocation will be managed. The Adani management plan doesn’t do this. The Adani management plan proposes a cow paddock to destroy grass seeds essential for the finch’s survival. This plan clearly does not meet the environmental conditions attached to its license.
Groundwater Management Power
The Queensland Department of Environment and Science are currently reviewing the groundwater management plans and have sought additional advice from Geoscience Australia and CSIRO.
Adani must consider how the mine might impact Doongmabulla Springs, which are in danger of being destroyed by the Great Artesian Basin. This requires the creation of a groundwater model that can estimate how much groundwater will be affected by coal extraction.