Greenpeace accuses Adani of ‘flouting environmental laws’
Indian coal company Adani Mining Pty Ltd has been accused of abusing 'grey law' in order to avoid referring a new mining project in the Galilee Basin, Australia, to federal government for environmental assessment, say Greenpeace.
The company was planning to conduct seismic surveys at the proposed Carmichael coal mine site, despite it being home to a species of finch listed as endangered under Australia’s federal and state law.
It was reported in the Guardian online that the mining company had been allowed to make up its own mind whether environmental reporting was required or not.
Greenpeace stated that the company should halt plans to conduct seismic surveys before an assessment of “substantial threats” to an endangered species of finch had been done. Greenpeace stated that the seismic surveys were likely to "involve mass clearance of vegetation and trees in almost 4,000 hectares of black-throated finch habitat".
A local Greenpeace campaigner, Louise Matthiesson, stated that “If you’re going to undertake an activity of any kind that might have an impact on endangered native species, you’re required to notify the federal Environmental Department so that they can decide whether or not a full environmental assessment is needed... Adani haven’t done that. They said they don’t think they’d need to because the activity won’t have a significant impact on the finch”.
Adani refuted these claims stating in a letter that they had engaged a “respected independent environmental firm to ensure all necessary approvals were in place before beginning the seismic survey. The assessment had concluded that the proposed works did not require approval at the federal level”. No environmental firm was named and the detail of the study was not provided.
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