Adani court challenges lining up
“LAWFARE” wearing down the resolve of Galilee hopefuls.
Wednesday 15 June 2016
The total number of court appeals pending against Adani’s Carmichael mine project in the Galilee Basin has reached five, with yet another appeal lodged late last week.
According to the Queensland Resources Council, Adani has been involved in court appeals and the mine approval process for more than five years, while GVK Hancock, which also wants to build a mega-mine in the Galilee, has been negotiating approvals and court challenges since 2008.
QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche calls the legal action “lawfare” and says the government needs to intervene.
“The Adani project has been wading through approval and court appeals for 68 months, while GVK Hancock is in its 93rd month, having formally entered the process on 18 September 2008,” he said.
“ Both have been held up by a relentless barrage of ‘lawfare.'
“GVK Hancock was back in court last week, an appeal against Adani’s environmental authority was lodged late Friday, New Hope will be in the land court from March to July, the list goes on...
“The Queensland Government must urgently overhaul the process that enables green activists to disrupt and delay projects, thus stifling jobs and investment for the state.
“Governments both state and federal should be doing all they can to prevent the blatant abuse of the court systems to the detriment of Queensland jobs.”
Just under a fortnight ago the owner of Adani, Indian billionaire Gautam Adani told Australian media he would consider abandoning his $16 billion Galilee projects if they could not get some certainty on time frames.
Mr Adani told the Australian he was disappointed the “pit to plug’’ project had yet to receive the green light after six years of environmental assessments and court battles.
“You can’t continue just holding,’’ he said.
“I have been really disappointed that things have got too delayed.’’
“We were asking how we get certainty of the time schedules … that is the most important for us in committing all of our resources.’’