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Adani's Australian mine plans face further delay on environmental concerns

Queensland is waiting on scientific reviews of Adani's plans to protect the endangered black-throated finch and to manage groundwater levels at the nearby Doongmabulla Springs

James Thornhill | Bloomberg 

People protesting against Adani's Carmichael coal mine project, at Bondi Beach in Australia. 	Photo: Reuters

Gautam Adani’s long quest to build a in the Australian outback faces another setback, with the Queensland state government refusing to sign off on the company’s plans before further studies into the project’s environmental impact are complete.

“Two plans are yet to be approved before any significant disturbance can commence at the coal mine,” Queensland’s Department of and Science said in a media release on Friday.

The Group said last month it would self-finance the controversial mine, which analysts see as a potential bridge-head for more projects to follow in the remote Galilee Basin. The region has the potential to more than double Australia’s thermal coal exports, but its development is fiercely opposed by environmental groups.

Queensland is waiting on scientific reviews of Adani’s plans to protect the endangered black-throated finch and to manage groundwater levels at the nearby Doongmabulla Springs. A government spokesman would not comment on the likely timeframe for the studies.

Mining CEO Lucas Dow said the state government was standing in the way of the mine’s development by changing the rules at the eleventh hour. “Signing off our remaining plans should be a standard process, which the government has completed for scores of other mines and the coal seam gas industry,” Dow said in a statement.

can start work on building the rail line to connect to Queensland’s freight network, but cannot start building the mine until the management plans are finalized.

First Published: Fri, December 21 2018. 16:25 IST
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