Adani inches closer to constructing Carmichael coal mine after Aussie nod

The Federal Govt Just Okayed Adani’s Plans For The Largest Coal Mine In Oz

Price said in a statement on Tuesday: "CSIRO and Geoscience Australia have independently assessed the groundwater management plans for the Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Infrastructure project", and both had confirmed the revised plans met strict scientific requirements.

Despite the Federal Government's insistence that the project won't irrevocably mess up groundwater in Queensland's Galilee Basin, opponents have slammed the decision as a concession to mega-polluters and an insult to climate change realists.

"We welcome the Minister for the Environment's approval of the groundwater management plans for the Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Infrastructure project", the CEO of Adani Mining, Lucas Dow, said.

"This includes a network of more than 100 monitoring bores to track underground water levels", he said.

The Morrison government has ticked off on the groundwater management plan for the proposed Adani coal mine, an important but not a final step for the central Queensland project receiving the go-ahead.

It's all down to Queensland now, and a project which opponents say would only serve to accelerate the decline of the natural environment and effectively microwave the Great Barrier Reef suddenly seems mighty close.

Bill Shorten - who, like the government, has been caught between the conflicting imperatives of campaigning in central Queensland and in southern Australia on this issue - said the Queensland government now had to go through its processes.

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It will tell residents it wants the Queensland government to get the project up and going so it can deliver thousands of jobs.

It is despite environmental groups this morning warning they could take court action if Ms Price approved the plan, saying the attempts to "strong arm" her would raise questions over the integrity of the decision.

Anti-Adani protests are becoming more shrill and disruptive as the nation awaits the date of the next federal election from Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) meanwhile called the environmental nod a milestone for the project's lengthy approval process.

Anti-Adani protesters disrupted a business lunch speech by Mr Morrison in Brisbane on Monday.

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten suggested the approval was suspect, saying "maybe the government's chose to rush the decision out on Adani so they don't have to talk about a bigger problem that they have created on their own".

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