The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has called on giant Indian mining company Adani to stop trying to bully the Queensland Government to rush through approvals for its controversial mine, rail and port project.
Felicity Wishart, the AMCS Great Barrier Reef campaign director, said reports that Adani had suspended work on its Carmichael coal mine, rail and Abbot Point port developments to increase the pressure on the Queensland government to speed up approvals was not surprising.
“In our opinion, Adani are trying to pressure the Queensland government to fast track approvals.
“It is vital that the government doesn’t bow to this pressure and rush approvals otherwise Queensland could be left with economic and environmental disasters.
“Too often, massive projects are rushed through. In Gladstone, the former ALP Queensland government was pressured to fast track approvals for massive gas hubs and dredging in Gladstone Harbour, in the Reef World Heritage Area. Subsequently we witnessed an environmental disaster and the collapse of the local fishing industry.
“Adani is in a lot of debt in Australia. Undoubtedly it would welcome fast tracked approvals and more taxpayer money to be able to develop its project because so many international banks won’t touch it.
“Fast tracking and special treatment has previously damaged the Reef and it is unacceptable for any developer to try to use strong arm tactics to get special treatment.
“The last thing Australians want to see at Abbot Point would be a repeat of the environmental disaster in Gladstone”, said Ms Wishart.
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