Adani's Australian coal mine wins further environmental approval


"This process reflects our commitment to ensuring robust environmental protection while balancing the needs of Australia's economy", Price said.

She says CSIRO and Geoscience Australia believe the Indian company's revised plans for the way it manages groundwater resources meet scientific requirements.

The federal Environment Minister has cleared one of the project's final roadblocks, leaving it up to the state to sign-off on the mine.

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

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

"[The] Queensland Government has continued to shift the goal posts when it comes to finalising the outstanding environmental management plans for the mine and is standing in the way of thousands of jobs for Queenslanders", Dow said.

Queensland Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch has already flagged her own concerns with the project, and the most recent approvals from the Federal Government.

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"Throughout the past 18 months, the Federal Department provided us with certainty of process and timing, including the steps involved in the independent review by CSIRO and Geoscience Australia experts", he added.

The groundwater management plan also requires approval from the state government, Reuters was told last week by the state's environmental department, which is also assessing a management plan for an endangered bird.

The GDEMP has been through 11 rounds of assessment with the Australian and Queensland governments over more than two years now.

The federal environment minister has given the green light to the groundwater plan for Adani's Carmichael mine, taking it a step closer to operation.

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".

Labor's climate spokesman Mark Butler said that people across Australia would be asking themselves "how can you have any confidence that this decision was made on the merits of the case rather than because of the internal division and chaos in this government?".

Morrison was continually interrupted by anti-Adani protestors while giving a luncheon speech in Brisbane on Monday.