Queensland coal mega-mine approval ‘reckless’, conservationists say

Updated November 24, 2018 11:03:41

A new nearly $7 billion mega-mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin is a step closer after gaining approval from the state’s coordinator-general, who released has an evaluation of the environmental impact statement (EIS), but conservationists say the decision is “reckless”.

MacMines AustAsia’s 20,000-hectare China Stone thermal coal project is expected to produce 38 million tonnes of coal annually.

It will create thousands of jobs and is planned to be built alongside Adani’s proposed mine in central Queensland, looping into the Indian project’s planned railway line to Abbot Point.

The $6.7 billion project will contribute about $188 million annually in royalties to the Queensland Government during its first 25 years of operation.

A spokeswoman for Queensland Environment Minister Cameron Dick said the project was still subject to plenty of strict conditions.

“This is just another step in the process — not a final approval,” the spokeswoman said.

Coordinator-general Barry Broe’s approval of the China Stone Coal Project came with little fanfare this week when he signed off on the project, uploading his EIS evaluation.

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