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Adani’s failure to disclose past environmental disasters shows we must not go ahead with Abbot Point coal port

Jan 21, 2016A

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has questioned how the Federal Environment Department overlooked the fact that Adani’s Australian chief executive failed to disclose running a mining company in Africa that caused serious environmental harm.

Imogen Zethoven, the Great Barrier Reef campaign director, said there is no way this project should be allowed to proceed, given the threats posed to the Great Barrier Reef and the tourism industry and the environmental record of Adani overseas.

“The Department of Environment appears to have failed to adequately check whether the head of Adani in Australia had a record of serious and significant environmental harm.

“Fast tracking of this project threatens the Great Barrier Reef by allowing a risky project to go ahead without thorough assessment. This is the sort of special treatment has seen this project held up in the courts.

“The Carmichael mine, facilitated by port development along the Reef, will lead to increased shipping and dredging in the Reef’s waters and dramatically increased mining and burning of coal which contributes to global warming.

“Global warming is the greatest threat to the fragile Reef’s future.

“Environment Minister Greg Hunt claims to have the world’s strongest conditions on the Abbot Point port approval. What good are conditions if no one is even bothering to properly check the environmental record of the CEO of the company who is seeking to dredge the Reef’s waters?

“If this project is allowed to go ahead it will put the Great Barrier Reef and thousands of tourism jobs at risk.

“The approval for Abbot Point now lies with the Queensland government and it’s critical the state government doesn’t allow this environmentally damaging project to proceed” said Ms Zethoven


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