The Queensland Supreme Court on Friday reveiw Indian minining giant Adani’s controversy-hit 21.7 billion dollar Carmichael coal mine project in Australia after a green group challenged the state government’s approval to one of the world’s largest coal mines projects.
Conservation group Coast and Country, which had filed an appeal in the Supreme Court for a judicial review, will argue that the state government’s approval to the controversial project was not made lawfully and should be overturned.
The green group’s spokesperson Derec Davies said, “C&C is of the view that the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection made an error of law and did not comply with an important environmental obligation when approving construction of one of the world’s biggest coal mines.
” He said the department failed in its obligation under state Environmental Protection Act to determine whether its decision would best achieve ecologically sustainable development.
CEO of Environmental Defenders Office Queensland (EDO Qld), the state’s non-profit community legal centre for environment and lawyers for C&C, Jo-Anne Bragg said, “The licence, called an environmental authority, was granted by the state government department on February 2, 2016, and is one of two main Queensland Government licences the project for Central Queensland’s Galilee Basin needed before it could commence operation.”
“Our government is entrusted by the community to make lawful decisions, yet an examination of the reasons for deciding to grant this licence has revealed they failed to comply with Section 5 of Queensland’s Environmental Protection Act (EP Act). This is a matter of law and it is very important government gets it right,” Bragg said.