Adani crosses penultimate hurdle

Adani’s controversial Carmichael coal mine is one step closer to final approval after the Queensland Government backed a management plan for its project’s impact on the endangered Black-throated finch.

Environment groups have savaged the decision by the State Government, with the Australian Conservation Foundation describing the management plan as “scientifically dubious, the result of corporate bullying and could lead to the finch’s extinction”.

“Adani’s proposed Galilee Basin coal mine would devastate critical habitat for this endangered bird,” said ACF campaigner Christian Slattery.

“The Black-throated finch has already lost 88 per cent of its historical range and recent analysis shows six of the coal mines planned for the Galilee Basin would completely clear nearly 35,000 hectares of the finch’s best remaining habitat.”

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