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Provide more info on groundwater management plans: Queensland govt tells Adani

Press Trust of India  |  Melbourne 

Australia's has asked Indian to provide more information on its management plans, posing another hurdle which may further delay the construction of its proposed billion dollar mine project, expected to be one of the biggest in the world.

The decision came after the government rejected a management plan of to protect endangered black-throated finch bird population, saying the company's proposals do not meet the approval conditions.

The black-throated finch management plan and a plan are the two persisting hurdles before the Indian could begin work on its controversy-hit Carmichael project in Central

Mining's said the new request came from the and Science (DES) last Friday, reported on Monday.

"It appears this process will again go beyond the scope of what our project is required to deliver under regulatory conditions - and, put simply, is another fishing expedition," he said in a statement.

Dow said the DES had not provided Adani with the scope of the new review and accused the government of hiding the process behind a veil of secrecy.

"Trying to see what needs to be done to ensure these management plans can be signed off is like trying to see through a brick wall - there is absolute zero transparency," Dow said.

minister had cleared the plans submitted by Adani which according to Dow had followed an eight months of assessment including review by CSIRO and Geoscience

Reacting to the latest request by the state, Queennsland Annastacia Palaszczuk said further analysis was a standard procedure.

"These are just processes that every company needs to adhere to. It's just not one rule for Adani and one rule for everyone else," the said.

According to 'The Brisbane Times', Queensland's and Science also provided a statement saying "Adani's claims about DES seeking another review are false".

"The department has sought updated advice from CSIRO and Geoscience on the latest version of the groundwater management plan, which is not the version that was reviewed by CSIRO and Geoscience Australia," it said.

"This includes further clarification around the evidence to support identification of the source aquifer(s) of the Doongmabulla Springs Complex," it added.

Queensland's said this information, which concerned CSIRO earlier this year, was important to evaluate.

Adani, which already has and environmental licences from the state government, requires the state approvals on management plans on the endangered finch bird and groundwater in order to commence the mine construction.

The company was given green light by the for its groundwater plan last month before the announced election dates.

The project has passed several legal challenges in court since 2010 and is seen as a most scrutinised coal project in the country.

entered in 2010 with the purchase of the greenfield in the Galilee Basin in central Queensland, and the near Bowen in the north.

The massive coal mine in Queensland state has been a controversial topic, with the project expected to produce 2.3 billion tonnes of low-quality coal.

Carmichael would be the largest coal mine in Australia and one of the biggest in the world.

Adani said last year it would fully fund the coal mine and rail project itself, but did not give an updated estimate of the cost of the mine.

The mine was previously estimated at about USD 2.9 billion.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 12:56 IST
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