Environmentalists have lost another appeal against Adani’s $16 billion Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin.
The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) lodged the appeal last year after an earlier court ruling endorsed the mine’s environmental approval.
The full bench of the Federal Court in Brisbane today dismissed the foundation’s arguments that the Federal Environment Minister had failed in his duty to consider the mine’s impact on the Great Barrier Reef.
ACF spokesman Paul Sinclair said they would continue their fight to stop the mine.
“Today’s decision is just another step in the most significant environmental campaign of our generation,” he said.
“[It] shows that our national environmental laws are broken and are not protecting the places we love, like the Great Barrier Reef.
“We depend on the passion, commitment and determination of the Australian people to stop the Adani mine.”
In June, Adani’s board gave final investment approval for the proposed coal mine, which would be the largest in Australia.
In a statement, Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said the Government welcomed the decision.
“[The decision] is consistent with the Commonwealth’s interpretation and application of relevant parts of federal environmental law,” he said.
Adani Australia chief executive officer Jeyakumar Janakaraj welcomed the court’s ruling and said it reinforced the company’s legal right to develop the mine.
“This is the third time this week that these parties have failed in their appeals against earlier court dismissals,” he said.
“Each of these appeals simply tried to delay a project that will create 10,000 direct and indirect jobs.
“The project will also inject $22…
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