Adani coal mine water licence faces Federal Court challenge over move to bypass EIS

By Kate McKenna

Posted December 04, 2018 18:19:49

Photo: Adani is pushing ahead with a scaled-down version of the Galilee Basin mine. (Supplied: Lock the Gate Alliance) Related Story: ‘We are ready to start’: Adani to begin controversial mine operation

The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has launched a legal challenge to a Federal Government decision to bypass an impact assessment of planned water use by Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in central Queensland.

Key points: Federal Minister made an “error of law” in bypassing EIS, ACF alleges Adani licensed to take up to 12.5b litres a year from Suttor River Indian miner says it can only take water after other licensed users

The ACF applied to the Federal Court, challenging Federal Environment Minister Melissa Price’s decision not to activate the “water trigger” for the proposed pipeline infrastructure, which avoided a full environmental impact assessment (EIS).