Media Release – Coast and Country reveals Adani undertakes illegal activities, again



5 June 2019

Coast and Country reveals Adani undertakes illegal activities, again

Today Coast and Country release new damning evidence showing unlawful vegetation clearing at the Adani Carmichael Coal Mine site.

“The satellite and aerial imagery clearly show Adani has once again breached its environmental approval, committing offences under Queensland law”, said Derec Davies of Coast and Country.

“In late March 2019 Adani started clearing vegetation in potential Black-throated Finch habitat. They bulldozed roughly 27,000 square metres of vegetation prior to approval. Adani then posted the illegal act on Facebook.”

“This is part of a pattern of non-compliance at the mine site and at other locations operated by Adani, including at its Abbot Point Port. It appears Adani is a repeat offender and can’t be trusted to protect Queensland water and natural environment”.

Adani has disturbed the mine site without approval, clearing trees and vegetation which includes potential Black-throated Finch habitat to create:

  • 9 significant sites for drill pads
  • 3 larger sites which could be used for automated drilling machines, and
  • 8 new mine site roads

“It is time for Queensland Environment Minister Enoch to put the breaks on Adani. Fast tracking the Adani coal mine approval is not good for Queensland, and it undermines the integrity and separation of the public service”, said Davies.

“Hundreds of thousands of people have placed their trust in the Queensland government to protect our water and the reef. In return, Queensland’s Minister Enoch and Premier Palaszczuk have chosen to fast track approvals for a company that blatantly breaks the law.

“This is the second breach of environmental law in 12 months, and should provide the Queensland government with significant cause for concern. Coast and Country calls on the Department of Environment and Science to investigate this issue, and to execute an enforcement action to limit further environmental harm. Adani, just like any other company or resident of Queensland, must comply with Queensland laws.