Adani's demand for court costs knocked back
AN ENVIRONMENTAL group that legally challenged the massive Carmichael coal project will not have to pay legal costs.
Environmental group Coast and Country lost their legal challenge against the proposed Carmichael mine last year.
Mine operator Adani applied for the Coast and Country to pay hundreds of thousands in costs - a move which may have bankrupted the group.
But the Land Court on Wednesday refused Adani's application for costs.
Derec Davies of Coast and Country welcomed the decision.
"We maintain that our challenge to the approval of Adani's massive Carmichael Coal Mine was in the public interest, and importantly, in the interests of the environment," he said.
"Coast and Country's challenge to the Carmichael mine was the community stepping up to protect the Great Barrier Reef, the one million year old Artesian springs, and the Black Throated Finch.
"It was a challenge that had to happen.
"It is now on the public record that Adani's own experts agreed the mine will push the finch closer to the edge of extinction".
Mr Davies raised concerns about the threat the project could have to the reef and animals.
"Our concerns about the proposed Adani Carmichael coal mine and its impacts on the climate, the Black-Throated Finch, precious ancient springs and the Great Barrier Reef are legitimate and shared by the community," he said.
"Right now, we are in the middle of a coral bleaching event on the reef, driven by global warming.
"The coal from the Carmichael mine will be shipped overseas and burnt, generating 4.7 billion tonnes of carbon pollution during its lifetime.
"This pollution will cause our oceans to acidify and warm further, potentially destroying our precious reef. This is not something the community is prepared to stand by and let happen."
"Carmichael also threatens to devastate the one million year old Great Artesian Basin groundwater-fed Doongmabulla Springs complex, a freshwater oasis that is home to endemic species found in no other place on Earth.
He critcised the State Government's approval of the mine.
"The approval of this mine by Environment Minister Steven Miles and his department is a travesty and a betrayal of all Queenslanders, Mr Davies said.
"The Queensland Government and Minister Miles are apparently unable or unwilling to protect the state's sensitive and precious environmental assets from destruction at the behest of big coal.
"This task has been devolved to the community".
"The Land Court case also revealed that Adani overstated its claims about the mine's capacity to create jobs and other economic benefits, Adani's own experts confirmed the mine will only produce 1464 jobs, a far cry from Adani's gross exaggeration of 10,000".
Coast and Country was represented by lawyers from the Environmental Defenders Office Queensland, an independent non-profit community legal centre specialising in public interest environmental law.
- ARM NEWSDESK